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2018 Escalade Is The Only Cadillac That Supports iPhone 8 And iPhone X Wireless Charging Feature

2018 Escalade Is The Only Cadillac That Supports iPhone 8 And iPhone X Wireless Charging Feature

In 2014, Cadillac made headlines when it announced wireless smartphone charging for its entire lineup starting with the 2014 ELR and 2015 ATS. At that time, very few devices supported wireless/inductive charging. The excitement took a turn for the better last month, when Apple announced its next-generation iPhone 8 and X models, both of which add wireless charging. Unfortunately, neither the iPhone 8 or the X can be charged wirelessly in any Cadillac vehicle except for the 2018 Escalade.

A Problem of Standards

The problem appears to be with standards: there are two reigning wireless charging standards – PowerMat and Qi. Apple uses Qi in the iPhone 8 and X.

The good news is that Cadillac supports both in its vehicles. The bad news is that Cadillac’s “implementation of the Qi standard does not meet the requirements for Qi certification”, according to Apple.

2014 Cadillac ELR and 2015 ATS were the first Cadillac models to support wireless smartphone charging inside the hidden storage compartment of the CUE system. 2014 ELR center stack pictured.

Only One Cadillac Supported

This means that all Cadillac models that contain the wireless charging functionality, including the ATS, CTS, XT5, CT6, XTS and pre-2018 model year Escalade do not work with iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Indeed, the only Cadillac to support wireless charging with the new iPhone line is the 2018 Cadillac Escalade.

Cadillac Society Says

This is quite disappointing, as it renders useless the charging pads in any 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and even 2018 Cadillac model, with the exception to the 2018 Escalade.

We reached out to GM for comment, but did not hear back (after a week of waiting), so here’s what we believe took place: Cadillac and parent General Motors rushed to be the first automaker to feature wireless charging in its vehicles. In that regard, it accomplished its goal – which is great for making headlines. But it’s not so great for the end user.

In all, here’s a prime example when being first to market is not desirable. Looks like Cadillac has some updating to do, and we hope that all of its future models support the complete Qi standard in order to be compatible with as many smartphones as possible, including the iPhone – the single most popular smartphone in the world.

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Alex is the founder of Cadillac Society. He has a deep passion for automotive business strategy and enjoys driving his ATS sedan on twisty mountain roads.

9 Comments

  1. I drive a 2017 XT5 with wireless charging. It does not charge my Samsung Note 8 which uses Qi protocol. Neither did it charge my previous Samsung S7. However, a Caddy technician had a Samsung S6 which it did charge. I have a cheap wireless charger that Costco included in a phone bundle 2 years ago. It charges my Note 8. You can buy a wireless charger at Amazon for $25. I can’t believe that Cadillac is unable to implement the Qi protocol. That’s actually a bit scary when you think about it. What else did they screw up?

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    • Yup, looks like the iPhone family isn’t the only one impacted by the wireless charging situation in the Cadillac models that have wireless charging. It appears that the implementation of the Qi standard was half-assed by GM, which is a shame.

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  2. I have a 2014 CTS so one year short of having wireless charging. But whenever it’s being serviced and I grab a newer car my 950 which uses the Qi format charges just fine. So I’m not sure all the blame falls on GM in this case.

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    • As explained – it’s an issue of versioning and standards.

      Some implemented the pre-release spec… which is not at all ideal. Apple is using the release spec, and GM took a bet on releasing automobiles with the pre-release spec.

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  3. Does anyone know if you can get the wireless charging module in the 2018 Escalade and retrofit it in the 2015 model so you can charge iPhone X??

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    • Joann – I’m not sure whether this is possible or not. Would be interesting to find out, perhaps from a dealer.

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  4. I have a 2018 Escalade. However, I have an iPhone 7 Plus. I guess I can just get an iPhone charging case? Which case is best?

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    • There are various options, and they all work with varying degrees of success. For most of them, you have to finangle with your phone when putting it down on the pad so that it starts picking up the charge.

      I have used the Bezalel and it does the job.

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      • Thx

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