It only took five years since the inductive charging standard's adoption by almost every major manufacturer, but Apple has finally added Qi inductive charging (also known as wireless charging) to its mobile devices.
Apple's decision may be explained to a certain extent by the fact that it's utilizing USB Power Delivery to enable shorter charge times.
To that end, the most important thing Apple unveiled at its grand event on Tuesday (Sept. 12) was not the iPhone X, the updated Apple Watch, or any other specific gadget. Apple also provided a sneak peek of its upcoming AirPower charging pad that can power up to three devices simultaneously, which should arrive in 2018. Apple didn't say when the new charging case will ship, but Apple Switzerland seems to have accidentally slipped up and said it'll be this December.
These new chargers are small disks that can charge one iPhone X, iPhone 8, or 8 Plus at a time with no other devices. For one, Apple Watch owners rely on inductive charging when they charge their smartwatch.
Now that you know what Qi charging really is, how do you use it with your smartphone? If you own a 2016 or later edition of the MacBook Pro with a USB-C charger, it looks as though you can use your 87W or 61W USB charger to quick charge your iPhone 8 or X, regardless of the difference in wattage. In theory, I can use my Galaxy S8's wireless charger to charge the iPhone 8.
Nevertheless, there's no clarity as yet on this matter from Apple itself so in order to find out for sure, we'll have to wait until the AirPower charging accessory is released later this year.