Starbucks to upgrade charging pad to support iPhone X
Starbucks to upgrade charging pad to support iPhone X. With Powermat Starbucks confirming upgrade its charging pads to support the Apple’s preferred Qi standards. The news means iPhone X owners along with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will have a long list where they can get a cable-free recharge.
Previously Starbucks partnered with Powermat that was selling consumer charging pads but not those that were compatible with the forthcoming iPhones.
Powermat is going to upgrade its charging pads in Starbucks that will be able to recognize the new iPhones. Since the company’s system is cloud-connected and linked to a central system. All they need to do is to upgrade the software rather than have Starbucks manually replace charging pads.
The wireless charging ecosystem has coalesced into two main standards. One is the Power Matters Alliance, which backs the PMA standards and the second one is the Wireless Power Consortium which backs Qi.
Powermat has not confirmed which location will first see the upgrade but this move certainly complements Apples’ wireless technology goal layed out during iPhone X launch.
The new iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus support wireless charging, with the Qi standard. When Apple announced it on Tuesday, like most I assumed it left Powermat out of luck. Phones like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 have support for both Qi and Powermat standards, but the new iPhones have picked one.
In actuality, though, Powermat’s charging network is a lot cleverer than I thought. While what you see in Starbucks and other locations is just a circular pad built into a table, or even hidden under its surface, with nothing but a logo to tell you where to drop your device. There’s far more to it than the wireless chargers you find at Best Buy.