Welcome to our guide on iPhones with wireless charging—a futuristic feature that’s become a game-changer in smartphone convenience.
Dive into this article to explore which iPhone models support this cutting-edge technology, understand how wireless charging works, and discover the benefits of embracing a cord-free lifestyle.
Whether you’re planning to upgrade or just curious, this guide will illuminate the world of wireless charging for iPhone enthusiasts.
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Does iPhone have wireless charging?
Wireless charging has become popular in recent years, and since iPhone 8, all Apple phones come with the technology built-in.
It is a simpler way to charge your device without having to fiddle with cables, making it convenient and easy to do.
Read on to find out which iPhones have wireless charging capabilities…
Does iPhone 6 / 6s have wireless charging?
No, iPhone 6 models do not have the ability to recharge wirelessly. As shown on the table below, iPhone 8 is the fist product Apple released with this technology built in.
Does iPhone 7 / 7 Plus have wireless charging?
No, iPhone 7 doesn’t allow wireless charging. The iPhone 8 device range, released in 2017, were the first models of Apple phone that supported recharging wirelessly.
List of wireless charging compatible iPhones
All of the iPhone models produced since iPhone 8 are compatible with the Qi wireless charging, which is the most widely used standard.
However, iPhone 12 and newer models are also compatible with Magsafe wireless chargers. They use a magnetic connection to ensure that the charger is securely attached to the device to ensure the device is charging properly.
|iPhone 8||Sept, 2017||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 8 Plus||Sept, 2017||Qi wireless|
|iPhone X||Nov, 2017||Qi wireless|
|iPhone XS||Sept, 2018||Qi wireless|
|iPhone XS Max||Sept, 2018||Qi wireless|
|iPhone XR||Sept, 2018||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 11 Pro||Sept, 2019||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max||Sept, 2019||Qi wireless|
|iPhone SE 2nd generation (2020)||April, 2020||Qi wireless|
|iPhone SE 3rd generation (2022)||Mar, 2022||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 12 mini||Oct, 2020||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 12||Oct, 2020||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 12 Pro||Oct, 2020||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 12 Pro Max||Oct, 2020||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 13 mini||Sep, 2021||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 13||Sep, 2021||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 13 Pro||Sep, 2021||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 13 Pro Max||Sep, 2021||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 14||Sep, 2022||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 14 Plus||Sep, 2022||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 14 Pro||Sep, 2022||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 14 Pro Max||Sep, 2022||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 15||Sep, 2023||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 15 Plus||Sep, 2023||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 15 Pro||Sep, 2023||Qi wireless|
|iPhone 15 Pro Max||Sep, 2023||Qi wireless|
Pros and cons
Wireless charging is a technology that allows you to recharge your phone without having to plug it in using wires and cables. You simply place your iPhone on a charging mat.
Accessories that allow you to use wireless charging are not included with iPhone so you need to buy them separately.
Costs star at around $15 USD for Qi charging pads. Apple MagSafe pads are more expensive but can been bought for $30-$50 USD, if you shop around.
Wireless charging is a good alternative if your device won‘t charge using a standard cable. Find out more about fixing iPhone charging issues.
- It’s more convenient
You don’t have to worry about plugging in your device or dealing with tangled cords. You can simply place your device on a pad and it will start charging.
- It is safer
With wired charging, there is a risk of electric shock if the cord is damaged or if the device is plugged in incorrectly. With wireless, there is no risk of electric shock since there are no exposed wires.
- It’s slower
It typically takes longer to charge a device when compared to wired charging. This may not be an issue if you are recharging overnight but may be a problem if you want a quick top up.
- It is less efficient
Some of the energy is lost in the form of heat so your device requires more energy to achieve the same level of charge.
- It costs more
When you factor in the cost of the extra accessories required, and the extra electricity used it is more expensive.
Qi wireless vs. MagSafe chargers
Qi wireless charging is the most widely used method on phones. It is an open interface standard that defines the communication between the device being charged and the charging pad.
It is used by many different manufacturers, including Apple.
These tend to be less expensive than MagSafe but take longer to recharge your device.
Magsafe wireless chargers are specifically designed by Apple for iPhone 12 and newer models. They use a magnetic connection to ensure that the charger is securely attached to the device and that it is charging properly.
Qi chargers do not have a magnetic connection and don’t charge as quickly or as securely as Magsafe chargers. However, you pay a premium for these features.
In order to use wireless charging, you will need a charging pad:
- QI or MagSafe pad
The Qi wireless pads come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and power ratings. They can be found at most electronics stores. If you prefer, you can use a MagSafe charger instead.
- Power adapter plug
You will also need a power adapter for the wireless charging pad, although these normally are included.
In addition, you need a cable to connect the pad to the power adapter. These are usually included with most pads.
Fast vs. standard recharging
For models up to the iPhone 11 series, the maximum wireless charging power is capped at 7.5 watt. This means a 10W charger is all you need for fast charging.
The charger automatically adjusts the power output to the maximum output that your phone can absorb making a 10W model more than sufficient.
For the iPhone 12 series and up the charging power is increased to 15W but only for use with the official Apple MagSafe chargers. So if you want faster charging you have to buy the official product which is around 50% more expensive.
How the technology works
Wireless charging works by using electromagnetic induction. This is a process in which an electrical current is generated in a coil of wire when it is exposed to a changing magnetic field.
In the case of wireless charging, the coil of wire is in the device being charged, and the changing magnetic field is generated by the wireless charging pad.
According to Belkin, the charging process works as follows:
- A transmitter coil in the base sends out a signal.
- The signal searches for a receiver coil, like the one in your iPhone.
- When it senses one, electromagnetic induction begins.
- The electrons (electricity) inside the transmitter coil start to flow around in the coil.
- This generates a magnetic field, which is sensed by the electrons in the receiver coil.
- The electrons trapped inside the receiver coil start to flow around the coil due to the magnetic field.
- This flow of electrons inside the receiver coil is the electricity powering the battery in your smartphone.