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Faster 18W USB-C Charger Expected to Be Bundled With 2018 iPhones Might Not Be Sold Separately Initially

Rumors suggest Apple will bundle a faster 18-watt USB-C power adapter with its 2018 iPhones, but it might not be sold separately for a while.


Japanese blog Mac Otakara reports that Apple's suppliers are likely only able to manufacture enough chargers for inclusion with 2018 iPhones, suggesting that Apple may hold off on selling them as a standalone accessory until some point after the smartphones launch, although exactly when remains to be seen.

Earlier this month, photos of an alleged prototype of the new power adapter surfaced, revealing its slightly bulkier, rounder shaped plastic casing compared to the current 5W power adapter. The design in the photos is mostly consistent with CAD drawings and renders of the adapter that surfaced earlier this year.


The charger would connect to iPhones with a USB-C to Lightning cable, also expected to be included in the box. At 18W, it would be able to charge compatible iPhones at least twice as fast as the 5W adapter.

MacRumors tested the iPhone X with various third-party 18W wired chargers last year, for example, and found that the device reached a 79 percent charge after one hour. With a 5W charger, the iPhone X only reached a 39 percent charge in that time. We explained our methodology in detail in that article.

Apple sells its 5W power adapter, which has a USB-A port, for $19 as a standalone product in the United States.


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21 weeks ago
This should have been included with the X.
Rating: 14 Votes
21 weeks ago
Tim will say "Coming soon to your Apple Store with our new Mac Mini, wireless charger case for our first generation AirPods, and AirPower on December 31, 2020... "
Rating: 8 Votes
21 weeks ago

That is super awkward looking. The usb port seems too small for the brick.

You gonna be okay?
We're here for you through this trying time.
Rating: 6 Votes
21 weeks ago
Watt?
Rating: 6 Votes
21 weeks ago
That is super awkward looking. The usb port seems too small for the brick.
Rating: 5 Votes
21 weeks ago
If it means fulfilling more iPhone orders, I’m all for this. Last thing I want is my order to be delayed because of production issues with the charger.
Rating: 5 Votes
21 weeks ago

When are we gonna get some more space grey accessories? White is sooooooo old these days with Apple and it gets dirty way too quick unless you’re OCD.


For someone that travels about a fair bit, having white accessories makes it so easy to find at the bottom of a backpack so I’m all for them keeping this going.

Black AirPods on the other hand...
Rating: 4 Votes
21 weeks ago
When are we gonna get some more space grey accessories? White is sooooooo old these days with Apple and it gets dirty way too quick unless you’re OCD.
Rating: 4 Votes
21 weeks ago
knowing Apple they'll want $79.99 for it sold separately anyway.
Rating: 3 Votes
21 weeks ago

BOOOO USB-C

I'm getting so cable weary.

As opposed to what? What exactly do you think the option is? The fastest possible charging through a USB Type A is 7.5W if I am reading this right ('https://www.renesas.com/en-us/support/technical-resources/engineer-school/usb-power-delivery-01-usb-type-c.html'). So it has to be USB Type C to get 18W.

I learned to program computers by marking cards, ordering the stack, and then running it through a card reader. I don't feel any need to attach a card reader to my MacBook Pro. The point being technology moves on.

(Edit: others have posted that USB Type A chargers actually come in a 12W variety, like the one from Apple, ('https://www.apple.com/ca/shop/product/MD836LL/A/apple-12w-usb-power-adapter') my bad, which still doesn't change the fact that it won't do 18w)
Rating: 2 Votes

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