If you ever find yourself needing to quickly get power into an iPhone and wish it would soak it up a little bit quicker, then you may be in luck with a new report suggesting that we could see this year’s new iPhones ship with chargers that are capable of charging more quickly.
According to the report on Chinese social network Weibo, Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup will ship with a new USB-C power adapter that also comes with a USB-C Lightning cable, making it possible to charge said iPhones more quickly than is currently available out of the box. The post cites supply chain sources, although it does not go into any additional detail as to who they may be.
Apple’s hardware has steadily continued to move towards a USB-C platform and the move to a similar charging method for the iPhone and iPad would indeed make plenty of sense, even if Lightning remains the connector that plugs into the devices themselves.
An 18W USB-C power adapter would allow fast charging speeds to the tune of users being able to take a dead iPhone to around 50% of its battery capacity in just 30 minutes.
Fast charging is something that Apple’s smartphones have lacked when compared to the competition, particularly the high-end Android handsets that sell so well. It’s a similar story to wireless charging, which again took Apple far too long to join in.
Right now, anyone with an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, or an iPad Pro can already take advantage of fast charging capabilities but in order to do so will need to pick up a USB-C power adapter along with a USB-C to Lightning cable separately. That pairing will set punters back around $75 – something that is crazy considering anyone buying something like a Samsung Galaxy S9 will get all their charging accessories in the box.
If Apple does make a move to put such chargers in the same boxes as iPhones, then it will be a welcome addition, if one that should have happened before now.
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