Apple rolled out their highly anticipated new iOS 11.2 software update over the weekend, breaking their usual release schedule trend in the process. If you have bought yourself an iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X, then you’ll be glad to know that devices will now support Fast Charge. But what does that mean? It means that your iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X will now Fast Charge with a 7.5W Qi-based wireless charging solution instead of just 5W - on paper, a 50% increase.
If you are in a hurry to charge your phone, we suggest the wired charging option. The popular and recommended solution seems to be Apple’s 29W USB-C wall charger (supplied with your Apple MacBook) with Apple’s USB-C to lightning cable, which gives your iPhone X 49% charge after 30 minutes, and 78% charge after 60 minutes, according to tests. With a cable, you are also still free to move the phone wherever your cable allows it.
Thinking about convenient wired solutions, most of the time, we still need to carry around more than one cable… Perhaps you have an Apple iPhone X for personal use, and a Samsung S8 for work, as well as that Sat Nav at home that takes the micro-USB connector. Consumers still need to carry around more than one cable – how frustrating! Luckily, the QDOS PowerSteel 3-in-1 cable features a USB-C, Micro-USB and Lightning connector, allowing you to charge most of the major smartphones with one simple cable.
Aside from charging speed, Convenience and compatibility do seem to be the other deciding factors for consumers to decide how to charge their device. Generally speaking, wireless charging is slower than wired charging…. But wireless charging does offer a convenience that is a novelty for those with the latest Apple handsets – simply place your phone down. That’s it. No need to find the cable, plug it in, find the connector end and plug in. If you’re wirelessly charging throughout the day at your desk, or even wirelessly charging overnight, the slower speed may not be a deal breaker. As all major phone brands are Qi compatible and all major chargers use Qi, then you are able to charge the Apple iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with the same wireless charger. The update simply allows the iPhone X to finally charge as fast or in some cases even faster than its competitors. Great job Apple!
Here are some other features you should expect from iOS 11.2:
- Introduces three new live wallpapers for iPhone X
- Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode of the same show
- Fixes and issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
- Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
- Improves video camera stabilization
- Improves stability in Calendar
- Resolves an issue where settings could open to a blank screen
- Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
- Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
- Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
- Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
- Fixed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
- Fixed an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect reults
- Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
- Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
- Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications