APPLE’S next iPhone is “likely” to have an ultra-fast charger that can power it up to 50% charge from zero in half an hour.
The rumoured iPhone 11 has been tipped to arrive with the speedy plug-and-cable in the box as standard.
For years, Apple has supplied a measly 5-watt adapter with the iPhone.
This charges very slowly compared to rival Android smartphones – leading some customers to fast-charging using the speedier iPad plug.
But specialist Japanese tech site MacOtakara – which regularly provides scoops on Apple gear – reckons an upgrade is due for 2019.
It’s claimed that the iPhone 11 will come with an 18W USB-C power adapter, and a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box.
Right now, your iPhone has a Lightning port on the bottom – which connects to a USB port in the adapter.
But MacOtakara claims that the USB port will be swapped out for an improved USB-C port (already featured on new MacBooks and iPads).
This would then connect to your iPhone’s Lightning port using a brand new cable.
It would mean that you could directly connect your iPhone to a new MacBook without any adapter-dongles.
More importantly, it would mean your iPhone could charge from dead to half-power in around 30 minutes.
Of course, it’s impossible to verify this rumour – so take it with a pinch of salt.
It’s also worth remembering that Apple may not have finalised its 2019 iPhone design yet.
These designs could change in advance of the official launch, so while the rumour may be true for now, it could later turn out to be false.
What is USB-C?
Here’s what you need to know…
- When the first iPhone launched in 2007, it featured a charging port designed from the ground up by Apple
- This was called the 30-pin dock connector, and survived on Apple handsets for years
- But in 2012, Apple introduced a new Lightning port for charging phones (from the iPhone 4 onwards), making everybody’s old charging cables useless
- USB-C is an increasingly popular type of charging and data transfer port that was launched in the middle of 2014
- The male end of the cable is a little thicker and much wider than Apple’s Lightning cables, but they largely perform the same job
- However, while Lightning ports are exclusively used on Apple devices, USB-C ports are now very common
- Most flagship Android phones now feature USB-C ports, including the Samsung Galaxy S10, Google Pixel 3, and OnePlus 6
- And Apple has already fitted out its latest MacBook Pro models with USB-C ports, too
- The advantage of all gadgets switching to USB-C is that you’ll be able to use accessories (like headphones and charging cables) across all of your devices
- It means you could potentially charge your iPhone and MacBook up using the same cable, and plug your headphones into the same port too
In any case, we can expect a new iPhone in September, at Apple’s annual gadget launch event in California.
The tech giant is expected to unleash a bevy of new gadgets, including three brand new iPhone models.
The most likely feature rumoured to appear on the so-called iPhone 11 is a triple camera.
An upgrade from the double-camera on current high-end iPhones, the triple camera would allow for better depth-sensing – for augmented reality features like Snapchat filters or Pokémon Go-style games.
It could also introduce new lenses, included a super-zoom style lens like the one seen on the new Huawei P30 Pro.
However, until Apple makes an official announcement, we’ll have to take all rumours with due caution.
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