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Apple to adopt USB-C for 2019 iPhones

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This year’s iPhones are expected to gain an 18W USB-C fast charger, as per a slew of recent reports. However, Taiwanese publication DigiTimes claims we might have to wait another year for this breakthrough.

Sources at analog IC vendors claim that Apple is redesigning chargers and related interfaces for future iPhones and iPads. These will probably be ready by 2019, so that year’s crop of handsets will likely feature USB-C support.

Like we mentioned before, previous speculation has indicated that the 2018 trio of iPhones would benefit from faster charging speeds. Insiders say Apple is still in the early days of its redesign phase and won’t be able to implement the tech so soon.


The article notably doesn’t specify which end of the cable is actually getting redesigned. It’s probably referring to the USB-A end of the current wire and not the Lightning port. Switching from a USB-A to Lightning cable to a USB-C to Lightning one makes sense for Apple. After all, its most recent MacBooks only have USB-C ports.

This new cable will probably be paired with an 18W USB-C charger. It’s a big promotion over the 5W one bundled with current iPhones. The change might anger some customers though, since everyone doesn’t have computers with USB-C slots. They’ll probably have to buy an adapter to get around this.

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Apple had notably dropped the price of its USB-C to Lightning wire last month. It’s not conclusive proof of course, but it may be a sign that there are changes coming soon. Whether it’s this year or the next is now the question.

Given how slowly iPhones charge, it’s about time Apple made the switch. Android manufacturers have already surpassed it in this field. There’s also the fact that the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus already support USB-C Power Delivery, but require a user to buy a separate charger to enable it.