Rumor Says 2018 iPhones May Launch With USB-C Power Adapters

Despite the fact that Apple has basically adopted USB Type-C for its Mac lineup, especially with the MacBook family, it hasn’t decided to go that route with the iPhone lineup just yet.

There had been rumors suggesting Apple might finally adopt USB-C for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, but, alas, that didn’t bear any fruit. So instead both of those handsets launched with the (Apple) standard of USB-A-to-Lightning. But here we are in a new year and a new rumor has surfaced suggesting Apple may be finally ready to make the change.

According to a post over on the Chinese social network Weibo, with the user citing information gathered from supply chain resources, Apple is planning on including an 18W USB-C power adapter with the 2018 iPhone lineup. That would mean the box would also include a USB-C-to-Lightning cable to plug from the wall to the phone itself. That would also mean future iPhones would support fast charging with the power adapter that comes in the box, which would make sense.

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all technically support fast charging, but the phones don’t actually reach that point if the owner is using the standard iPhone power adapter that comes in the box. To actually achieve fast charging you need to use a USB-C MacBook power adapter, or one from a third-party, and use a USB-C-to-Lightning cable.

With the new support, future iPhone owners could charge their device up to 50% in about 30 minutes, which would certainly be a nice feature to have (out of the box).

Unfortunately there is no telling if this rumor is true or not, and it can’t be verified at this time. So keep that salt shaker handy for now.

Our Take

If this does indeed pan out, then it’s about time that Apple will allow iPhone owners to connect to their MacBook without the requirement of a dongle. Plus, the added bonus of fast charging with a power adapter that comes out of the box, and no need to buy any other standalone accessories to make it work is a nice bonus, too.

[via MacRumors; Weibo]