A new report suggests that the lineup of 2018 iPhone model will get a USB-C charging block along with the complementary cable. However, it won’t be available separately.
According to Japanese blog Mac Otakara, the USB-C 18W power adapter will be boxed with the new iPhones at the time of their launch. However, the charging adapter won’t appear as a standalone accessory till the next year.
Flextronics, Delta Electronics, Lite-On Technology, and Artesyn are assigned with the production of the 2018 iPhone chargers.
The report also revealed a new Lightning chip dubbed “C48B” will be used and it won’t be available for third-party USB-C to Lightning cable producers till its formal induction in the MFi program which is expected by the end of this year. If that was not enough, the iPhone maker has trusted only four MFi-certified manufacturers to produce the cable.
In May, Apple reduced the price of its 1-meter-long USB-C to Lightning cable to $19. Around the same time, the rumor of a new 18W power adapter also started circulating the internet.
Even though Apple’s latest iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X support fast charging via a USB-C to Lightning cable and higher wattage charger, the tech giant provides a 5W USB-A to Lightning charger in the box. However, in some cases, certain models of MacBook USB-C adapters can charge some iPhones to 50 percent capacity in about 30 minutes.