Apple iPhone accessories are regarded to be expensive. Hence most users generally prefer getting third-party chargers and cables that are easier to get and are lighter on the pocket. There are plenty of options available in the market that even support USB Type-C fast charging that Apple introduced last year. However, now a new report suggests that Apple could be taking that option away on the new iPhones.
A report cited from Mac Otakara, suggests that the new iPhones will be coming with a “C-AUTH,” verification standard that allows the device to check for certification of each USB Type-C charger connected to it. Doing this, will restrict non-certified chargers to limit their output to 2.5 Watts. This means that the iPhone will charge through them, but the fast charging capabilities will not be supported.
That said, Apple claims the USB-C authentication to help in other areas. It’s regarded to be great for security and can help prevent integration of malicious software and instance of hacking. Additionally, it can also reduce any damage the device might incur due to a faulty charger connected to it.
Apple doesn’t necessarily want its customers to buy Apple branded accessories, but it will be limiting the choice to only a few models from certified partners. None-the less these are still expected to be expensive compared to other third-party alternatives that you could buy simply from Amazon.
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That said, Apple is touted to provide customers with 18W Type-C fast charger bundled with the new iPhones this year. This is great, as customers wouldn’t have to buy an additional charger to just get that feature. Having a Type-C charger will also make it easier for some users to directly plug in their iPhones to a MacBook without the need of a dongle, further reducing cost.