Certified USB Type-C chargers may be required with 2018 iPhone lineup
In the hope of guaranteeing both quality and user safety, Apple’s future iPhones look set to ship with support for “C-AUTH,” a verification standard created by the USB Implementers Forum, which Apple is a member of, that allows devices to check the certifications of each USB Type-C charger as soon as its connected. While for business users this could help avoid any instances of hacking, for the everyday consumer the verification method will help prevent any potential damages that devices may incur when using third-party chargers. Moreover, it could also reduce the chances of fires. After all, while certified USB Type-C chargers will be permitted to supply the iPhones with up to 18 Watts of power, third-party accessories that don’t include the required certifications will see their output limited to 2.5 Watts, thus allowing them to be used as chargers but removing any fast-charging capabilities that would usually be present.
Although the authentication standard won’t force users into buying Apple-branded accessories, it will limit the choice for consumers looking to make use of the fast-charging capabilities and may also force iPhone users to spend more cash than previously required when purchasing a third-party alternative. Nevertheless, considering the 2018 offerings look set to ship with a fast charger straight out of the box, the implementation should initially only affect those who require more than one charger.