According to a post on Chinese social network Weibo, Apple is finally looking forward to adopting the USB-C. The newer iPhones will ship with a new 18W power adapter. This will allow USB-C fast charging with an included USB-C to Lightning cable.
Weibo isn’t a well-known source of Apple news and this might not be true. Apple is using USB-C in its Mac for quite a while. It might be the right time for the iPad and iPhone to start using this standard.
The current chargers are shipped with a 5W adapter with a USB-A to Lightning cable. The 18W charger would be a big upgrade. Apple might also look forward to upgrading the iPad Pro’s 12W USB-A iPad Pro power adapter to an 18W USB-C power adapter as well.
The USB-C charger of 18W would allow the iPhones to charge up to 50 percent within 30 minutes. The 2017 iPhone models already support this feature but their in-box chargers aren’t compatible. Due to this reason, the users need to purchase third-party adapters which cost $15 along with a USB-C to Lightning cable, an additional $25 dollars or so. The alternative is to use a USB-C MacBook power adapter if you have one of those.
The fast charging feature is supported by almost every competing Android device with the bundled charger. It is time for Apple to up its game. The newer charger will also have a change in its design. The well known square shape design used in the U.S. to an oval shape.
As of now, the only problem is that Apple doesn’t allow any third-party manufacturers to make the USB-C to Lightning cables. According to the reports Apple has proprietary rights for the technology until 2019. Until then Apple will be the only supplier of the cables unless it allows the MFi partners to manufacture the cables.