We’ve been hearing a lot about Apple’s 2018 series of iPhones, from its uniform notch design to bigger batteries. A new report out of China has something fresh to offer, claiming that the company is going to bundle fast chargers for its devices inside the box.
While the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all support fast charging, Apple decided to pair each with a paltry 5W charger and USB-A to Lightning cable. This forced buyers to spring $78 extra for a 29W USB-C adapter and USB-C to Lightning cable if they wanted to experience the benefits of faster charging.
This naturally left a lot of consumers annoyed, especially given the iPhone’s premium status. According to Chongdiantou though, Apple is planning to do something about this by including an 18W fast charger with the iPhone X (2018), iPhone X Plus, and LCD iPhone.
The revamped charger is apparently oval in shape and comes with a USB-C port. This is a huge change, since the iPhones will be sold with a USB-C to Lightning cable. It’s great news for MacBook owners who only have USB-C slots, but it’s bad news for people who don’t have any USB-C slots on their laptop or PC.
USB-A is far more common, so the move might cause significant backlash for Apple. It would be nice if it included a USB-C to USB-A adapter in the box, but this naturally can’t be taken for granted. After all, it’s said to be ditching the 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter this year.
Having an 18W charger would theoretically allow the next-gen iPhones to hit 50% of power within 30 minutes. That’s a big improvement over the current waiting period of 1.25 hours to reach the same level of power via the 5W adapter.