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Rumor: 2018 iPhones may ship with USB-C power adapters

Upcoming iPhones may ship with USB-C power adapters that come with USB-C to Lightning cables for faster charging, according to Chinese social network Weibo, as noted by MacRumors.

The article, quoting unnamed supply chain sources, says Apple is planning to upgrade to USB-C support for all of its devices, shipping next-generation iPhones with a redesigned 18W power adapter that allows for USB-C fast charging with an included USB-C to Lightning cable. 

Chances this rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 90%. It makes sense. USB-C fast charging would allow an iPhone to charge from 0-50% in roughly 30 minutes. 

As noted by MacRumors, this sort of fast charging functionality is available for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and iPad Pro users, but requires customers to use a $49 USB-C MacBook power adapter (pictured) or a third-party USB-C power adapter (about 15 bucks) paired with a Lightning to USB-C cable. The latter costs $25 and is only available as a standalone accessory.

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Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.