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Apple identifies automakers with wireless charging supporting iPhone 8 & 8 Plus

By Roger Fingas

Apple has issued a new support document identifying which auto brands -- and in some cases, specific vehicles -- offer iPhone 8-compatible wireless chargers.

Some of the compatible brands include Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, PSA, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Apple didn't say whether people may need to pay extra for the technology, but did caution that the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus might not fit in some chargers.

For four brands -- Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC -- the company noted that only specific models meet the Qi standard Apple relies on. While offering wireless charging, even some models as recent as 2017 aren't Qi-compatible, Apple said. Supporting vehicles do include:

Vehicles ready for the iPhone 8 will also presumably handle the iPhone X, so long as they can fit its 5.8-inch OLED screen. Preorders for the latter start this Friday at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time, or 3:01 a.m. Eastern.

Apple is a latecomer to the world of wireless phone charging, as the option has been present on some Android phones for years. Two first-party accessories -- the AirPods Wireless Charging Case and the AirPower charging mat -- are still in development, the latter due in 2018.

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