We didn’t hear anything about it on stage during September 12’s “Let’s Meet at our Place” event, but both new models of the iPhone support fast-charging technology. That means for all three new models, you can fast-charge the iPhone from zero to 50 percent in 30 minutes. To do so will cost you quite a bit of extra money, though.
How to Fast-Charge the iPhone
The technology is there for fast-charging, but the accessories sold alongside the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X models don’t support it. In order to charge your new-model iPhone at fast-charging speeds, you’ll need accessories sold alongside the USB-C MacBook and MacBook Pro models.
That means you’ll need one of Apple’s 29W, 61W, or 87W power adapters, along with the right USB-C to Lightning cable. Your least expensive option right now is the 29W USB-C power adapter for the MacBook, priced at $49.
You’ll also need the USB-C to Lightning Cable, which begins at $25 for a one-meter cable. That brings the total to at least $74 to add fast-charging capability to your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X.
High-Speed Wireless Charging
The three new iPhone models also support wireless charging using Qi-compatible accessories. Product listings for both Belkin and Mophie wireless charging accessories claim higher charging speeds are coming through an update later this year. We don’t know yet whether Apple’s upcoming AirPower accessory will support the faster charging speed.
That “high-speed wireless charging” is only 7.5 watts, though. It’s not close to the fast-charging speeds available through the USB-C power adapter.
Availability and Shipping
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus preorders begin on September 15, with availability starting on September 22. Models of the iPhone X will be available for preorder October 27, and ship starting November 3.
Before ordering your next iPhone, you should do some research to see what you might get for your previous model iPhone and how much the financing could cost you. The articles below will help you find that information.