Apple's leaked USB-C fast charger may stay exclusive to the new 2018 iPhones' boxes

Apple's leaked USB-C fast charger may stay exclusive to the new 2018 iPhones' boxes
Quick chargers that come with your phone do one and the same thing - they top up your handset sooner than those puny bricks of yesteryear that took many hours to do the same thing. Every manufacturer, however, calls their system differently, and Apple simply opted for Fast Charge to denote its 2017 crop of iPhones that can be pumped full of electrons in no time. In one glaring example of Apple's "salami tactics," it didn't provide the respective charger in the box, though, but left it in the store to be purchased as a separate accessory.

While Apple's new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X have fast charging circuitry built in, they ship with regular chargers that take more than two hours to top up an iPhone 8, for example. Apple does offer a fast 29W USB-C Power Adapter that will load your iPhone 50% in 30 minutes flat, but that one will cost you $49 extra. Still, Apple does give you other options, as it lists on its official support pages that the fast-charging functionality of the new iPhones is certainly accessible by plugging in certain third-party USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) adapters and combining them with an "Apple USB-C to Lightning" cable. That exclusive cable was initially priced at $25, but is now $19, indicating there might be some changes in what comes in 2018's iPhone boxes.

This year, all rumors indicate a new fast-charging brick will be bundled with the 2018 iPhones, and will probably be listed as a new feature. Sigh. As if to confirm this notion, recently an 18W charger with USB-PD port leaked out, dubbed as the iPhones' new Fast Charge brick. A Japanese Apple-centric blog that often spills out nuggets of info from Apple's local supply chain, now claims that said 18W charger is indeed going in the box this year, but only in the box, and won't be available as a separate accessory, as the factories that are tasked with making it are barely able to fill all the boxes that Apple requires from them at the moment.

Thus, if you want to charge your new iPhone even faster, you may still have to splurge for the 29W unit Apple is currently selling. We tested Apple's fast charging not long ago, and can't wait to gauge whether the new brick that comes in the box will charge the 2018 crop as fast as the current option you can buy separately. We can't see why it wouldn't if we have to go double negative on that rumor.

source: Macotakara (translated) & Chongdiantou (translated)



13. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Dongle could help "older iPhone" owner. But Apple's warranty won't cover any battery damage caused by that.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I see broken lightning ports in the future from wrong plug inserted issues. Seems planned.


Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Good one hahah

11. Wazupmrg

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Another apple technology that's being positioned as a great feature but is 2 years old that most other companies have as a standard.....

9. rebretz

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

I wonder if the Google Pixel fast charger would be compatible? That image looks just like the Google Pixel plug.

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

You do not need to wonder, it's and USB-C charger, of course it works ... with every phone. If your phone does not have the same plug you just need to swap a cable.

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

"fast charger" :-D


Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Hahaa they mean apple slow charge, everyone knows that! Also you need to buy it separately.......EPIC FAIL!

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Not just slow, but even stupid in terms of battery degradation.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

EPIC FAIL how? Apple’s products sell like hot cakes, yet you call them all an EPIC FAIL.


Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

So a good selling product cannot fail? Apple USB-C is a failure.....need to buy it separately....please......

18. shiv179

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Epic fail because Apple is squeezing more money out of its users. The Power Adapter should have been in the box for the iPhone 8 and X, but required an extra purchase. Apple really is insulting their users here, don't you think?

20. BuffaloSouce unregistered

It's really funny to see you become an apple white knight all of a sudden when you couldn't stop fangirling over Samsung and the Note 8...

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Peep this dumb ass. The Note 8 is easily the best phone I’ve ever owned. I’ve used iOS since its inception (iPhone OS 1.0), and android since the 1.5 cupcake update. Case closed, now fangirl that. Typed from my iPhone X.

24. Vokilam

Posts: 1503; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Buffalo, if you stick your head out of your ass you’ll notice that some of us are just tech fans. Apple delivered with the X this time that I switched to iOS after a long line of Samsung devices including note 5 and note 7 (which I still think was a good device with an ironic history). If you notice my late posts - I’m team Apple because I’m using iPhone right now - it’s a great device. And Samsung has a lot to learn from Apple as well as Apple from Samsung. You’re just like an ostrich with head in sand if you’re only a fan of one platform and see no food in the other. Check yourself before throwing stones. iOS is awesome.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn good post.

1. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

id prefer usb c to usb c not lightning

2. Vokilam

Posts: 1503; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Same. If Apple switches - probably best if USB-C to USB-C. I like the design of Lightning better, but it’s not standard. I miss that when I switched to iPhone. I hate Apple for proprietary crap.

22. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Welcome to 2016 apple

23. Vokilam

Posts: 1503; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Oh s**t up.

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