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The 'iPhone 8' May Feature a Faster 10W USB-C Wall Charger

June 28, 2017

Are we about to say hello to a new 10W USB-C wall charger?

The “iPhone 8” is expected to feature the largest screen for an Apple handset to date, measuring 5.8-inches diagonally. To handle the larger display, the new handset is expected to ship with a faster 10W USB-C wall charger, according to MacRumors.

USB-C to Lightning Cable

USB-C to Lightning Cable

In a resource note to investors, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis says the iPhone 8 will come bundled with a 10W power adapter with a USB-C connector and an integrated USB-C Power Delivery chip supplied by
Cypress Semiconductor. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro already uses this chip.

As highlighted by MacRumors, the analyst explains:

We believe that in the iPhone 8, Apple likely includes Cypress Semiconductor’s USB-C Power Delivery chip in the phone and an additional chip within the power brick in box (likely a new 10W, which would use a more integrated solution with Cypress Power Delivery).

Back in March, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said this year’s entire iPhone lineup will add fast charging capabilities using Apple’s Lightning. Previously, rumors had suggested Apple would replace Lightning with USB-C, at least on the iPhone 8.

This fall, Apple’s expected to announce the iPhone 8 alongside a 4.7-inch “iPhone 7s” and 5.5-inch “iPhone 7s Plus.”

Based on this latest rumor, the iPhone 8 could ship with a Lightning to USB-C cable connected to the new 10W power adapter.

Interestingly, the recently released 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro do not ship with Lightning to USB-C cables. Instead, they come bundled with a traditional Lightning to USB cable. Only with Apple’s

Only with Apple’s 29W USB-C power adapter for MacBook can these tablets utilize fast charging.

Current iPhones use the 5W Power Adapter for iPhone, while Apple’s tablets use the 12W Power Adapter for iPad. Both use slower USB-A ports.

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