The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X all came with fast charging support. But disappointingly, Apple didn’t bundle a fast charger with any of them. Instead, you would have to spend money to take advantage of the technology. But if a new leak is to be believed, that could be changing with this year’s iPhones.
A post on Weibo (spotted by Macrumors) shows the alleged fast charging. Citing supply chain sources, the post claims that Apple will bundle an 18W power adapter with all three upcoming iPhones. These adapters will also come with a USB-C to Lightning cable. Going by the leaked picture, Apple is reportedly looking at giving the iPhones’ power adapter a design overhaul. They look much slimmer and curvier than ones you get today.
The current-generation iPhone models ship with a 5W power adapter along with a USB-A to Lightning cable. Upgrading to an 18W adapter on the new iPhones would no doubt be a boon for users. Such USB-C fast charging allows for the battery level to go from 0-50 percent in about 30 minutes. Many rival Android smartphone companies bundle fast chargers with for no extra cost.
While it is difficult to say how authenticate this leak is, bundling in a USB-C based charger does make a lot of sense for Apple. The company’s Mac lineup, for one, has largely transitioned to USB-C ports. Presumably, Apple will bundle similar fast charging adapters with future iPad models too. The current-generation iPad Pro models are now bundled with 12W USB-A power adapters.