Apple will ‘likely’ bundle a faster 18W charger and Lightning to USB-C cable in the box of the iPhone XI, iPhone XI Max, and upgraded iPhone XR later this year, reports Japanese blog Mac Otakara.
The source suggests Apple will finally make it easy for iPhone owners to take advantage of fast charging, something that has been available since the iPhone 8, but has always required customers to purchase a standalone 18W USB-C power adapter and Lightning to USB-C cable, costing $48.
Rumors of Apple bundling a faster 18W USB-C power adapter with the iPhone have been around since before the arrival of the iPhone XS last year, and would mean a 30 minute plug-in could charge an iPhone by 50%.
Apple including an 18W charger and Lightning to USB-C cable with the new iPhone models would be a huge upgrade compared against the standard 5W power adapter and Lightning to USB-A cable which as been packaged with the iPhone for years.
In addition to allowing for fast charging out of the box, adding a Lightning to USB-C cable would mean customers who own one of Apple’s newer Mac models, such as the latest MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, could plug their iPhone into their Mac without having to purchase a cable to substitute the Lightning to USB-A cable which isn’t compatible with their machines.
The report from Mac Otakara also revisits rumors we’ve heard before, including Apple adding a triple-lens rear camera system to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max predecessors, and how the new iPhone XR will likely have a dual-lens rear camera, similar to the current iPhone XS line.
Mac Otakara also suggests the new devices announced in late 2019 will all feature device-to-device wireless charging, much like the PowerDrop concept shared by The Apple Post last week.