Apple Support Doc Highlights In-Car Wireless Chargers That Work With iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Monday October 23, 2017 9:25 PM PDT by Juli Clover

Several car manufacturers offer built-in Qi wireless chargers that are compatible with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X, and Apple this evening published a new support document highlighting vehicles that support the feature.

According to Apple, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, PSA, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo offer Qi-based wireless charging options that work with the iPhone 8 and "might work with the iPhone 8 Plus."

Apple can't say for sure that the iPhone 8 Plus is compatible with these vehicles because some wireless chargers have physical size constraints that might not fit every phone.

A Qi wireless charging cubby in the Volkswagen Tiguan

Apple also lists several specific 2018 vehicle models from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC that offer wireless charging that's compatible with both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, though the same size caveat applies.

- 2018 GMC Terrain
- 2018 GMC Yukon
- 2018 GMC Sierra
- 2018 Chevrolet Bolt
- 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe
- 2018 Chevrolet Silverado
- 2018 Chevrolet Suburban
- 2018 Cadillac Escalade
- 2018 Buick Enclave

Wireless charging in 2017 and earlier models from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC does not meet the requirements for Qi certification and thus will not work with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Apple's support document does not yet mention the soon-to-be released iPhone X, but it features the same Qi-based wireless charging functionality that's in the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone X is larger than the iPhone 8 but smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus and thus may also not be compatible with all in-car wireless chargers due to size limitations.

Before purchasing a vehicle with a Qi-based wireless charging feature, Apple recommends customers make sure that their iPhones will fit in the charger first.

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32 months ago
Do these and upcoming cars also have wireless CarPlay? If not, then it doesn't really matter that much, since you'll want to plug it in anyway.
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32 months ago

When’s wireless CarPlay getting rolled out by VW and others?

That’s the right question. Wireless charging makes no sense if you do not have wireless carplay. But current car owners won’t care since car manufacturers aren’t exactly known for their upgradeability.

Off-topic: Carplay really needs some extra love. Reliability isn’t where it’s supposed to be
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32 months ago

People wanted a universal charging “port”. Voilá. Qi is about to explode. It’ll be absolutely everywhere in under 2 years. Cars, hotels, coffee shops, restaurant tables, office furniture. Anywhere you sit down for a bit, you’ll just lay down your phone and top up through the day. Empty batteries are going to become a thing of the past.

Hopefully AirPower lives up to its name and actually works through the air. That’ll explain why it’s not yet ready to be rolled out.

Lol, as a former Note 7 owner twice over, please don’t say Qi is about to explode.:eek: It makes my left eye twitch. ;):D
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32 months ago
*Some automotive wireless chargers have physical size constraints and might not fit every phone. If you're planning on buying a car with a wireless charger, make sure that your iPhone will fit in the charger first.

Welp, the iPhone 8 Plus doesn't fit in the slot. Gotta return the car and get another one! :D
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32 months ago



Before purchasing a vehicle with a Qi-based wireless charging feature, Apple recommends customers make sure that their iPhones will fit in the charger first.

I’m not buying your car, it doesn’t fit my phone :p
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32 months ago
When’s wireless CarPlay getting rolled out by VW and others?
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