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Logitech has announced a new wireless charger for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X that aims to make it easier to use your smartphone while charging it at the same time.

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Designed "in collaboration with Apple", Logitech's POWERED Wireless Charging Stand can be placed on a desk or bedside table, and can hold your iPhone in an upright position - ideal for unlocking Face ID and reading notifications without removing the device from the U-shaped cradle.

Two additional features distinguish the POWERED from most other charging stands on the market: First, your device doesn't have to be in exact alignment with the stand to complete the charging circuit, so you can "drop your iPhone on the cradle and go", according to Logitech.

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Second, the POWERED also supports landscape orientation, so you can watch video on your smartphone's screen while it's charging. The stand also charges iPhones wearing a protective case up to 3mm thick.

Logitech says the POWERED delivers up to 7.5W charging for iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X only, and up to 5W charging for all other Qi-enabled devices. The stand will be available this month in an "off-white" color for $69.99 at Logitech.com and Apple's online store. Stay tuned for a review of the POWERED here on MacRumors.

Today's announcement shouldn't affect Apple's plans to launch its multi-device AirPower charging mat before or in September.

Article Link: Logitech Unveils 'POWERED' Wireless Charging Stand for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, Designed in Collaboration With Apple
 
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himanshumodi

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Why does Apple even want to manufacture these charging mats? At least there's some excuse with lightning cables with that being their "proprietary" connector. Even if those string cheese cables keep breaking all the time.
 

Morgenland

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Why does Apple want to make these mats at all? It is technically and aesthetically just nonsense (charging time, aesthetics, larger form factor than mains adapter and cable). This is where the Apple marketing team, which I otherwise value, failed completely IMHO.
 
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Minxy

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It looks okay. But I wonder if Apple collaborated on this because their charging mat is almost a year late and is possibly canceled.
 
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RamGuy

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It looks okay. But I wonder if Apple collaborated on this because their charging mat is almost a year late and is possibly canceled.

It will be released with the new phones, just wait and see. Along with he new AirPod Qi Charging Case.
 

Relentless Power

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It looks okay. But I wonder if Apple collaborated on this because their charging mat is almost a year late and is possibly canceled.

What would you lead you to believe that it’s ‘Possibly canceled’? Phil Schiller stated last year during the WWDC 2017 Keynote to “Look for it next year”, meaning 2018. That still leaves the iPhone event for the Airpower to launch, nothing indicates it would be possibly canceled.
 

69Mustang

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First, your device doesn't have to be in exact alignment with the stand to complete the charging circuit, so you can "drop your iPhone on the cradle and go", according to Logitech.
How exactly would one put an iPhone on that charger AND not have it perfectly aligned with the transmitter? The design makes it nearly impossible not to be aligned. You'd have to be trying to mis-align the connection.
 

jona2125

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Plenty of Chinese chargers do 3 coil “doesn’t have to be perfectly aligned” and “landscape also” chargers for iPhone already.

Exactly. I have four $20 ones off Amazon that have been perfect for either direction, and even my Samsung wireless chargers work awesome with the iPhone's in landscape.
 

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I like it, at first glance. It's a charging cradle rather than a charging mat. But whatever. A semi-upright orientation makes tons of sense…. since you can still be sitting in bed, or sitting on the couch, AND you can still read the messages or notifications as they pop up without having to pick up your phone upright. A sensible form factor.
 
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