The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the all new redesigned iPhone X have finally arrived. They bring with them a host of brand new features along with an increased price tag, but on closer review it appears Apple’s most important and game changing upgrade will not work as most users will expect.
The iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will at long last deliver fast charging to the iPhone range years after most of Apple’s rivals. However, it was essential. Apple makes solid claims about performance too saying it will provide about a 50% charge in just under 30 minutes.
But there is one slight little problem: this won’t happen out the box with your brand new Apple product.
Yes, despite Apple pricing its new iPhones as high as $1,149.00, not a single one of these brand new iPhones will come with a fast charger as standard equipment that is included. This is because Apple will continue to bundle the Lightning to USB-A charger regardless of model or storage capacity and fast charging will require a more powerful Lightning to USB-C charger.
Needless to say, like any Apple product, these fast charging additions won’t come cheap.
Apple currently sells three different types of Lighting to USB Type-C chargers, the 29W A1540, 61W A1718 and 87W A1719, which retail for $49, $69 and $79 respectively. Additionally, the Apple chargers all have mixed reviews on the Apple website. Why you ask? Because none of them come with a cable.
Something important to note is that you will need one because the bundled Lightning to USB-A cable won’t fit the iPhone. Of course Apple sells individual Lighting to USB-C cables in 3 foot and 6 foot lengths, which cost between $25 and $35 each. What this means is that users will need to pay a minimum of $74 to add fast wired charging to their already expensive brand new iPhone – that’s a total cost of $1,224.00 in the case of the 256GB iPhone X.
But just wait! Because that’s probably not the end of your costs for that brand new top of the line iPhone.
Apple has confirmed that the requirements for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus fast wired charging, it has yet to confirm whether the Qi-compatible wireless charging of the new models will be compliant with Qi’s existing 15W fast wireless charging standard. AppleInsider explains users may instead require ‘AirPower’ certified devices (Apple’s customization of the Qi standard) for a premium wireless charging experience with the Apple products.
How much will an Apple AirPower mat cost? We don’t know just yet as of the time of this publication. Apple showed their new mats off at the launch, but they won’t go on sale until sometime in 2018. Then again the optional AirPods’ wireless charging case is expected to cost about $70.00, bringing both fast wired and wireless charging to your Apple gadgets is likely to be far more expensive than most users could have imagined. And that’s all even before you think about having chargers in multiple locations.
Let’s do the math based on the iPhone model which interests you the most:
iPhone X – 64GB ($999), 256GB ($1,149)
iPhone 8 – 64GB ($699), 256GB ($849)
iPhone 8 Plus – 64GB ($799), 256GB ($949)
Fast wired charger – 29W ($49), 61W ($69) 87W ($79)
Lighting to USB-C cable – 1m ($25), 6ft ($35)
AirPower charging matt (Unknown)
AirPods wireless charging case ($70 expected)
In the end, iPhone fans will pay what they wish to pay, no-one is being forced to part with their hard earned money. But with the new Apple iPhone model costs soaring well over $1,000, and many fast charging Android phones costing less than the cost of Apple’s optional fast charging accessories, it is understandable if some think Apple has finally gone a bit too far in the quest for profit.