iPhone 15 to Support 15W Wireless Fast Charging Using Third-Party Chargers That Aren't MagSafe Certified

Apple's upcoming iPhone 15 models will support 15W wireless fast charging even when using third-party chargers that are not MagSafe certified, claims a new rumor coming out of China.

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Apple's official MagSafe magnetic wireless charger or a third-party magnetic charger with official MFM (Made for MagSafe) certification are required to achieve 15W wireless fast charging on the iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and iPhone 14. If using a standard Qi-certified wireless charger, these models top out at 7.5W.

However, according to a Weibo post picked up by news aggregator account "yeux1122" on the Korean Naver blog, the iPhone 15 series will be capable of open 15W wireless magnetic charging using non-MFM certified chargers, which are usually more affordable alternatives to those with Apple certification.

The rumor has not yet been verified as coming from a reliable source, but the claim does make sense given that Apple is contributing to a new version of the Qi open standard that works much like MagSafe.

Announced in January 2023 by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the next-generation Qi2 wireless standard incorporates a Magnetic Power Profile, which means that devices that adopt Qi2 in the future will use the same magnetic technology used in ‌MagSafe‌ devices created for the iPhone 12 and later.

The WPC says that the Magnetic Power Profile in Qi2 will make sure that phones and other battery-powered mobile products are perfectly aligned with chargers for improved energy efficiency and faster charging‌. Qi2 smartphones and chargers are expected to be available starting in the 2023 holiday season.

Apple's decision to make MagSafe technology available to all devices that support Qi2 wireless charging would seem in direct contrast to its position on USB-C. The iPhone 15 is expected to feature a USB-C port instead of Lightning, which will allow it to comply with new regulations implemented in Europe.

But according to rumors, iPhone 15 models will only officially support USB-C accessories certified by the Apple Made for iPhone (MFi) program, which could be used to limit features like fast charging and high-speed data transfers to Apple-approved accessories.

Apple's iPhone 15 series is expected to be announced during the usual September timeframe. For everything we can expect from the new flagship models, click on the roundup links below.

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Top Rated Comments

hacky Avatar
1 week ago
Wow, iPhone 15 is going to be pretty open regarding MFi/MFM stuff.

No MFM, no MFi, sideloading coming. Thank you EU! ??????
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wildkraut Avatar
1 week ago

Portless design confirmed.
Will not happen anytime soon, the App and Game development and testing pipeline would become cumbersome.

Wireless Network transfers are too prone to errors.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sorinut Avatar
1 week ago

Portless design confirmed.
The rumor community really needs to drop the usage of "confirmed". Nothing is confirmed until Apple announces it.

That said. Port less isn't happening.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacWiz_007 Avatar
1 week ago
Wow, 15w wireless fast charging huh? Buah hahahaha, "fast charging" they say! ?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tomtad Avatar
1 week ago

Portless design confirmed.
Can you please name one advantage from having no port on an iPhone?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Orange Bat Avatar
1 week ago
Has MagSafe been a bit of a bust? The accessories have proven to be too expensive for a lot of people and I don’t know anyone who uses it all that much. I have an accessory for my car, but otherwise I and my family use much cheaper and slower Qi chargers, and we’re all pretty happy with them. I just don’t think MagSafe really caught on in any meaningful way.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)