Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple could bundle 18W fast charger with this year's iPhones

Apple could bundle 18W fast charger with this year's iPhones

With 18 watts, the charger would have more than enough power to refuel any iPhone or iPad at full speed. It's also supposed to be thinner than the current charger, according to the blog. Backing up a report from earlier this month, ChargerLab has published renders of what it believes the new iPhone charger will look like.

These renders appear to depict the European version of the new iPhone charger, featuring rounded pins.

To be clear, Apple is not likely to ditch its Lightning standard in favor of USB-C. Hopefully the company will take the hint this year from the mounting complaints, but its actual bundling plans won't be a lock until the new iPhones - and hopefully new chargers - hit stores later this year. When using USB-C power, current iPhones charge to 50% in about half-an-hour.

The new report, as well as the Weibo post that proceeded it, suggest that the power adapter could be rated at 18W - a significant boost from the standard and ubiquitous 5W power brick that now ships with Apple iPhones.

Image Source Weibo
Image Source Weibo

The iPhone X an 8 now supports fast charging, but the charger Apple provides out of the box does not charge the phones at its full speed.

Renders produced by ChargerLab show the supposed USB-C adapter possessing an extruded pill shape similar to certain prior iPad and iPhone accessories, but different from the rounded square shapes now used by Apple's wall chargers.

An 18W power adapter would also be faster than the 10W or 12W adapters that Apple ships with its iPad models. That's because instead of just going with USB-C, Apple has supposedly designed a USB-C to Lightning cable that, paired with a new USB-C iPhone charger, will significantly increase the iPhone's wired charging speeds.

That means that Apple users could plug their iPhones directly into their MacBook Pro devices without the need for a dongle or adapter.

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