It's an incredibly meaningful feature, and arguably more useful than the wireless charging that Apple spent plenty of time boasting about during its September event on Tuesday.
The Qi standard will support both inductive wire charging and resonant wireless charging.
The term "wireless charging" often gives people the misconception that your phone isn't plugged in but will still charge. Integrated Devices will take advantage of wireless charging, as Vihn sees Chinese phone makers also adopting the feature and noting that the company already has secured contracts to supply the technology to them. It's easy to find cheap wireless chargers that say "Qi compliant", "Qi compatible" or "Works with Qi", but these are not legitimate and should not be used to charge your devices. The exact timing of launch and price are not known.
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After Apple (AAPL) debuted its highly anticipated iPhone 8 and iPhone X smartphones, Keybanc analyst John Vihn is out with a note detailing the semiconductors poised to benefit from the phones' releases.
Now it is not necessary to have on hand a usb cable. Instead, you lay it on a charging mat or puck, which is itself plugged into an outlet.
There appears to be some good news for MacBook owners, though. The idea is that, using a thin case, the Qi charging receiver sits between your case and your iPhone with the lightning cable permanently plugged in. But there's a catch: you have to use USB-C, as spotted by 9to5Mac. There's a similar alternative for Micro-USB priced at £16.18. The Wireless Power Consortium has established the Qi protocol, which dictates how the charger and the device work together, but all you need to know is that Qi chargers work with Qi devices. It's ultra thin and shouldn't add any extra weight to your phone, making it a great alternative.
A USB-C to Lightning Cable retails for $25 (£25 / AU$35) on Apple.com, while a USB-C Power Adapter can be purchased in one of three sizes for: 29W, 61W and 87W.