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iPhones get faster 7.5W wireless charging with iOS 11.2

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Juice up faster with iOS 11.2.
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Apple has added support for faster 7.5W wireless charging in its latest iOS 11.2 beta. iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all support the increased charging speed. You’ll need a compatible wireless charging mat to take advantage of it, however.

Apple rolled out its third beta of iOS 11.2 on Monday. It doesn’t offer any hugely significant changes, but those with an iPhone X will notice a new Control Center indicator. You will also notice faster wireless charging on new iPhones if you have the right equipment.

iOS 11.2 brings faster charging

Earlier versions of iOS 11 allowed iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X to charge wirelessly at 5W. In iOS 11.2, however, Apple has bumped that up to 7.5W. It’s not a groundbreaking difference, but you will certainly welcome the improvement.

To take advantage of the increased speed, you’ll need a compatible wireless charging pad. The Belkin Boost Up pad ($59.99) that Apple sells, which we included in our wireless chargers roundup, is capable of outputting 7.5W.

Other compatible charging pads include the Samsung Fast Charge pad ($37.76), the RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger ($49.99), and the Mophie Wireless Charge Pad ($59.99).

iOS 11.2 is coming soon

iOS 11.2 is still in the beta testing stage for now. You can download the public beta if you aren’t a registered developer, but we expect the official public release to be available in the coming weeks.

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