New images have surfaced online which claim to show Apple’s rumoured USB-C power adapter, a device that will reportedly offer fast charging with 18 Watts of power.
The charger looks very similar to USB power adaptors that we’ve seen already from Android, albeit adorned with Apple’s trademark white plastic finish.
The charger is expected to come included with every 2018 model iPhone and is expected to enable the iPhone to be charged from 0-50% in just half an hour, and 0-80% in around an hour.
The leaked images follow an earlier report from MacRumors, which discovered a series of CAD designs posted on Weibo (image below) showing a redesigned, more powerful 18W plug and Lightning to-USB-C cable.
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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.
Ever since the announcement of USB-C we’ve been clamouring for Apple to embrace the standard for its iPhones, finally bringing Android and iOS together under one unifying USB standard.
This announcement isn’t quite that. Whatever iPhones Apple ends up releasing in 2018 will almost certainly come sporting Lightening ports, just as they have done since 2012’s iPhone 5.
But that doesn’t mean this new power adaptor won’t bring some benefits. Faster charging thanks to the 18W of power is an obvious one, but it also means that anyone who owns both an iPhone and recent MacBook will be able to connect them both without having to buy any additional cables.
Currently, this solution is available by purchasing a $49 USB-C MacBook adapter, along with a $25 Lightning-to-USB-C cable.
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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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