Apple’s 2018 iPhone range to get faster charging as standard, report claims

Apple’s 2018 iPhone releases will reportedly include USB-C charging cables and plugs as standard, making it easier for iOS fans to replenish their smartphones in double quick time.

MacRumors points to a post from Weibo (image below) claiming a redesigned, more powerful 18W plug and Lightning to-USB-C cable will replace the current Lightning-to-USB-A arrangement.

That would enable the iPhone to be charged from 0-50% in just half an hour, and 0-80% in around an hour.

If Apple does decide to bundle-in the alternate charging combination, it would also save power-chasing iPhone users a few bucks.

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Currently, this solution is available by purchasing a $49 USB-C MacBook adapter, along with a $25 Lightning-to-USB-C cable.

Of course, this is only a rumour at present, and it’s perfectly possible Apple will not offer this free of charge to new iPhone customers.

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Where’s AirPower?

The report comes as Apple continues to drag its feet over the launch of its AirPower wireless charging mat.

The mat, which can charge compatible iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously, was announced way back in September.

Apple is yet to reveal a price or release date for the AirPower mat, despite rumours it was coming before the end of March.

The Cupertino-based company has only promised a vague ‘2018’ release date until now.

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