Apple might be feeling generous this year. Following a report speculating that the company’s 2018 iPhone releases might not break the bank, comes another scoop that suggests iPhone fans could see even more savings.
Back when the iPhone 8 and iPhone X were announced in 2017, Apple inexplicably glossed over the fact that all three of these devices were capable of fast charging. But according to ChargeLab, this sped-up charging feature might be center stage this year. The publication cited anonymous sources “inside productions lines,” that claimed all three iPhones that Apple is expected to release this year will include an 18-watt USB-C to Lightning fast charger.
ChargeLab also produced a render of what this new hyper-fast charger might look like based on what their sources revealed to them. The mockup depicts a European version of the plug that is thinner than the signature cubical shape that all iPhone chargers are known for.
Currently, Apple does have a fast charger for sale. It’s 29W USB‑C Power Adapter clocks in at a $49 price tag and is capable of delivering up to 50 percent charge in half an hour. Because this rumored charger is only 18-watts, it would be slightly slower at juicing up your phone. But it’ll save you $50 if it does end up being included with the new iPhones.
This is by no means a revolutionary phone accessory. All of Apple’s rivals have been supplying fast chargers with their smartphones for years now. But if this report is true, it would be the first time that Apple would do anything of the sort.
So cross your fingers: This could spare all of you iPhone fans from being tethered to a wall for two hours at a roadside gas station. We’ve all had those days.