Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

iPhone 8 and X Models Support USB-C Fast Charging

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

Though not mentioned on stage at today’s event, both the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 are “fast-charge capable,” which means the two devices can be charged to 50 percent battery life in 30 minutes.

That’s great.

Unfortunately, that fast-charging feature is not available using accessories that are sold alongside the two devices. To charge at that level, the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 need to be plugged into Apple’s 29W, 61W, or 87W USB-C Power Adapters, which are sold alongside its USB-C MacBook and MacBook Pro models.

That’s not so great.

To make matters worse, the iPhone still appears to ship with a USB-A-to-Lightning cable, so you’ll need to buy a USB-C cable alongside a different power adapter to take advantage of fast-charging. With the iPhone 8, I kind of get it, though I still think Apple should swap USB cables out of the box for free at time of purchase.

With the iPhone X, though, both of the new charging features feel like a bit of a tease: neither a faster charger nor an inductive charging mat are included with the most premium, tomorrow’s-world-today iPhone model. I’m not complaining about the price of the iPhone X, for what it’s worth, nor am I necessarily making a value-for-money argument. But, given the premise of the iPhone X, I feel like bundling at least one of the two new charging features would have been welcomed.