Apple’s iOS 13 has been nothing short of an atrocious launch. There have been bugs, major security concerns and even after three patches in the span of two weeks its still causing headaches for users. Now, there is a new issue for iPhone users to worry about which is quite annoying.
iOS 13 as tested by ChargerLab found that Apple is slashing the performance of third-party wireless chargers. Additionally, this was not known to manufacturers of such products and thus if you bought a third-party charger you might find it to be charging significantly slower than expected.
ChargerLab found that with the launch of iOS 13.1 many third-party wireless chargers that were rated at Apple’s 7.5W maximum wireless charging speeds were now charging at 5W. Which while this doesn’t sound like too much let’s put it into perspective.
On an iPhone 11 previously it would take a device 2 hours to get to 80% charge after the change in the same period it would roughly reach 55% in the same period. This is a loss of 25%. This issue persists into version iOS 13.1.2 and Apple has made no official explanation for the downgrade.
“Any vendors who are fully compliant with the Qi charging spec and all of our guidance will see 7.5W charging,” said their source.
Now, here’s where the bigger issue comes in ChargerLab tested Apple’s own wireless charging pads sold by Apple Stores and found that it was charging at the same rate. Apple’s own charging bad follows the same standard as everyone the Qi wireless charging standard. Keep in mind this is a huge slap in the face as many rival devices can charge at up to 15W.
So, if you were holding out on iOS 13 I would recommend staying there if you have already upgraded and used a third-party wireless charger unless you’re sleeping I recommend charging it via cable. Meanwhile, we will all wait for Apple’s response (or lack thereof) regarding another issue in the phone’s latest update.