Users have experienced multiple wireless charging standards for the past six years, however, this reality seems to be coming to an end. Powermat, the only competitor of the dominant Qi standard , has joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and now supports its rival. In a press release, Powermat said:
Qi has become the dominant wireless charging standard in the market and the newly launched Apple iPhone line is proof of this success (…) We will share technological innovation to further unlock the potential of wireless charging and accelerate the growth of the infrastructure of this technology.
Powermat barely remained the standard, but as already mentioned, Apple’s support for Qi for its future loaders sealed its fate. The company was forced to update its chargers to support Qi, so that Apple customers with Qi support, specifically the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, could make the most of it.
Powermat says it will work on the development of future technologies that allow “greater power and expanded special freedom,” while maintaining compatibility with the Qi ecosystem. This will greatly simplify the market, making it infinitely easier for consumers, especially those who are not informed, to obtain products that work with their devices. Also, Powermat wrote:
By joining WPC, it further unifies the wireless charging ecosystem behind the global Qi standard, which will accelerate the adoption of wireless charging and make it more convenient for consumers to use wireless charging wherever they go.
This decision means that from now on, the Qi standard will be adopted to a greater extent, taking wireless charging technology to the long-awaited unification that is not currently observed with cable connectors.