Apple's new iPhones can fast-charge, if you have the right adapter

Gwen Vasquez
September 14, 2017

The 10th anniversary iPhone, called iPhone X, is in more ways than one the most premium handset Apple has come up with since the inception of the iOS-running smartphone series. It's likely that third party chargers will soon support the fast charging feature but for now you'll need one of Apple's USB-C chargers: ●.

According to MacRumors, to activate this feature and allow the iPhone X and iPhone 8 to recharge at a super-fast rate, users would need to plug the devices into Apple's 29W, 61W or 87W USB-C Power Adapters. It's welcome news that Apple has introduced a fast-charge capability for the iPhone (and let's face it, it's well past time), but it wouldn't be Apple if they didn't make us shell out for extra chargers and cables.

After last night's iPhone 8 and iPhone X announcements, everyone is scrambling to release wireless chargers (because both of those phones have that ability).

Those who own the new MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops that come with USB-C power adapters can use those to fast charge the new iPhones, too.

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That said, it does mean that getting fast charging on an iPhone X or iPhone 8 is a little expensive, since Apple doesn't include any of the required accessories with the phones themselves, opting instead for a regular Lighting-to-USB cable and a 5W USB brick. The cost of the cheapest adapter (29W) is $49 (£49 / AU$69) from Apple.

Now it is not necessary to have on hand a usb cable.

At $700, the basic 64GB iPhone 8 costs $50 more than what the basic 32GB iPhone 7 cost at launch ($650). Meanwhile, the new AirPods comes with a new case that supports wireless charging.

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