There have been a slew of reports about the charging capabilities of the 2018 iPhone series lately. The latest one comes courtesy an analyst who believes that Apple is upgrading to faster charging for its upcoming lineup.
Rosenblatt Securities’ Jun Zhang says that Apple is looking to switch from 5V 2A to 9V 2A and 5V 3A charging circuitry for the next-gen iPhones. It’s said to be aiming towards achieving 3 goals with the move – supporting more applications, competing better against Android rivals, and ensuring a quicker recharge experience.
These are all solid targets and it’s nice to hear that Apple is finally making moves to catch up with the rest of the Android world. The company is reportedly using Power Integrations as the only supplier for its fast-charging chips. Flextronics and Artesyn are apparently going to handle the iPad Pro and iPhones.
Apple is supposedly ditching Broadcom for Texas Instruments to manufacture the wireless charging tech for the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. Zhang is pretty positive about this year’s lineup as a whole, estimating a growth in sales in the second half of 2018 with about 85 million shipments.
The aforementioned LCD iPhone might be produced in higher numbers than the OLED iPhone X (2018) and iPhone X Plus. Hon Hai Precision AKA Foxconn is probably going to begin the manufacturing process a month earlier than predicted.
Apple’s Fast Charging Upgrade
To be clear, the current iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all support fast charging. However, each of them requires a separate fast charger to work. Word on the street is that Apple will be bundling the new series with 18W USB-C fast chargers in-the-box.
This is great news for people sick of slow-fueling iPhones, but bad news for folks who don’t have a USB-C port handy on their laptop or desktop. Here’s hoping Apple does something to boost the iPhone’s battery life as well.