Despite rumors suggesting Apple's 2018 iPhones might ship with an 18W adapter and a Lightning to USB-C cable to enable fast charging right out of the box, that didn't end up being the case.

The iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR ship with the same standard 5W Power Adapter that's traditionally included with iPhone models. The three devices also include a standard Lightning to USB-A cable, despite the fact that Apple's current Mac lineup has been transitioned to USB-C.

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Those who want to use fast charging on the new 2018 iPhones will continue to need to purchase an 18W+ power adapter and a USB-C to Lightning cable.

There are plenty of third-party 18W+ power adapters on the market (or you can get a 30W MacBook charger from Apple for $49), but Apple sells the only certified Lightning to USB-C cable at this time. Apple is planning to let other manufacturers make these cables, but third-party USB-C to Lightning cables aren't expected until next year.

With fast charging, iPhone models are able to charge to 50 percent battery life in a 30 minute time span. iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR all support fast charging.

Top Rated Comments

whyamihere Avatar
51 months ago
Wow, the same 5W since 2007 on the newest biggest bestest battery in an iPhone ever. Courage.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
elhungarian Avatar
51 months ago
I don’t mind having a slower charger included as standar, as the normal charge cycle happens overnight and the slower you charge the better the charge. That still holds true for lipos too up to a certain point. The bummer is that any extra charger to fast charge from Apple is overpriced. Thank goodness for Anker.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mildredop Avatar
51 months ago
Why bother including a charger in the box when it's only 5W and the cable can't even plug into any Mac that Apple currently sell?

Seriously, they should have just removed the charger and said "And it works with your old iPhone charger or you can buy a fast charger."
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnyb098 Avatar
51 months ago
Wow, another nice middle finger from Apple. Wonder how many days it'll take the iPhone Excess Max to charge.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
matjamca Avatar
51 months ago
Apple has lost a sale this year. I was going to get the XS Max, but the cost and penny pinching is too much of a bitter pill to swallow.

Apple used to get £900 a year from me for each Plus upgrade I bought. Now they’ll get £367-£550 a year depending on whether I upgrade every two or three years.

I hope millions of other customers do the same. That’ll certainly impact their ASP and hopefully make them think twice.

I really love Apple products but they are certainly challenging customer loyalty with their greed.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
51 months ago
LOOOOOOOOOL

Guess Tim needs those moneys. Even funnier than when Steve Jobs said the 2010 MBP had "killer graphics" (GeForce 320)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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