Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang in his latest investor note says that Apple will be switching to an even faster charging circuitry for its 2018 iPhone lineup. The 2017 iPhone lineup was the first from Apple to feature fast charging support, though compared to the competition from Android OEMs, Apple’s implementation was simply playing catch up.
For its 2018 iPhone lineup though, Zhang believes Apple will upgrade the fast charging from 5V 2A to 9V 2A and 5V 3A. He believes Apple will be making the upgrade so as to ” provide a better recharge, and better compete with Android OEMs.” The company will be achieving this by making fast charging chipsets from Power Integrations which will be the sole suppliers of these chips. For its other devices, the Cupertino company will continue making use of charging chipsets from Flextronics and Artesyn.
For wireless charging needs on its 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, Apple will be making the switch from Broadcom to Texas Instruments so as to reduce its material costs.
Zhang also predicts that Apple will ship around 80-85 million iPhone units in the second half of this year whilst producing around 100 million units. The LCD model will enjoy a higher share of production as it is expected to be a mass seller due to its lower price tag.
Apple introduced fast charging support on the iPhone with its 2017 lineup last year. The company makes use of USB Power Delivery for fast charging, though it continued to bundle its 5W charger with the devices. Rumors have pointed to Apple bundling an 18W fast charger with its 2018 iPhone lineup which would bode well for the end user experience. As for even faster wired charging support on its 2018 iPhone lineup, I’d suggest taking this news with a grain of salt until it is verified by more sources.
[Via Apple Insider]