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9 Jan, 2023
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Apple Collaborates with Wireless Power Consortium to Develop New Qi2 Standard Based on MagSafe Technology.

Apple will be sharing its MagSafe technology with the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) for the creation of the next generation "Qi2" wireless charging standard, according to WPC announcement at CES 2023. MagSafe is a proprietary charging system used by Apple that utilizes strong magnets to keep charging accessories aligned with the device, improving efficiency and fast charging.

The WPC has been working with Apple to include the "Magnetic Power Profile" at the core of the Qi2 standard, which will work with MagSafe by default and improve interoperability between brands. The Qi2 standard is expected to replace its predecessor, with the first Qi2 certified devices and accessories debuting by the end of the year.

The move to share MagSafe technology with the WPC is a significant shift for Apple, as the company is known for tightly controlling its proprietary technologies. In the past, Apple has only shared its technologies with a select few partners, such as when it allowed third-party manufacturers to use its Lightning connector for charging and data transfer.

However, with the introduction of the Qi2 standard, Apple is opening up its technology to a wider range of manufacturers. This could potentially lead to an increase in the number of MagSafe-compatible accessories on the market, making it easier for consumers to find charging solutions that work with their devices.

It is worth noting that while the Qi2 standard will be based on MagSafe technology, it will not be identical. The WPC has stated that the Qi2 standard will have its own unique features and capabilities, which means that it will not be a direct copy of Apple’s proprietary technology. However, it is clear that MagSafe technology will serve as the foundation for the new standard, and it will bring many of the same benefits to non-Apple devices.