Something that has proven an annoyance for recent iPhone purchasers is the fact that while their devices do support fast charging, Apple does not offer the hardware required for it to work in the box.
Users instead have to buy fast chargers separately from Apple itself or a third-party to make the magic work, with both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X supporting USB Type-C charging themselves.
Rumors have suggested that the 2018 lineup of iPhones will rectify that by including new high capacity chargers in each iPhone box, and now we have some 3D renders of what that may look like.
Shared by the folks over at ChargerLab, the renders show a charger with a USB Type-C conenctor on the top, ready to receive a Lightning-to-USB Type-C cable. This is what would be required to make fast charging work, and would also presumably be included in the box. While the charger shown here is for a European iPhone, UK and US chargers would presumably look very similar although they would obviously ship with their respective pin configuration depending on the country in which they are sold.
As ChargerLab notes, the charger itself would carry an 18W rating which would represent quite the upgrade from the 5W charger that currently ships with each new iPhone and is surely something that should have happened with last year’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X launches, too. The move will however see a redesign of the plug itself, according to ChargerLab.
This design breaks from tradition for Apple, as it’s thinner and not in that square-shaped white cube form factor. This will make it more convienient and portable. Using a USB-C for power delivery should result in significantly faster power delivery compared to the USB-A ports that Apple had been using since 2007.
We’ll know for sure come September time!
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