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Apple’s iPhone XS does not come with fast charger, which costs $70 to upgrade to



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  • Apple’s new $1,000 iPhone XS doesn’t come with a
    fast-charging brick.
  • You’d need to spend $70 on the relevant accessories to
    fast-charge the $1,000 iPhone XS.
  • With a starting price of $1,000, the iPhone XS should come
    with a fast-charging brick. It feels as if Apple missed an easy
    and relatively inexpensive opportunity to provide the “complete

Everything about the new iPhone XS and XS Max exudes luxury.

An edge-to-edge OLED display, stainless-steel construction, a
camera that reviewers rave about, excellent speakers, and the iOS
12 operating system — it all combines for a decidedly premium

But then you get to the charger that comes with the new iPhones —
the same old bog-standard charger that charges iPhones at a
glacial pace.

The new iPhone XS raises the question of why Apple doesn’t
include a fast-charging brick with its $1,000 smartphone.

In his iPhone XS unboxing video, the
YouTube reviewer MKBHD put it well
: “I was kind of hoping by
2018 we could get either a fast charger in the box, or a
USB-C-to-Lightning [cable], or both. But we get neither of those
things. I personally think it’s getting kind of lame and kind of
outdated that Apple of all companies doesn’t ship a fast charger
in the box of such an expensive, premium phone. Just sayin’.”

iphone charger

Fast charging is a speed upgrade over the regular charging you
get with the iPhone. It lets you get hours of battery life from
just 30 minutes of charging.

And regarding a USB-C-to-Lightning cable, this tweet from the
@JonyIveParody Twitter account portrays the problem beautifully:

Fast charging is available on the iPhone 8 and onward. But to
fast-charge your iPhone, you have to buy separate accessories,
like the
$50 30W USB-C charger
and the
$20 USB-C-to-Lightning cable
from Apple. That’s an extra $70
for fast charging.

Meanwhile, a fast charger has become a standard feature included
with most — if not all — flagship Android phones these days. Even
a $250 Android phone, the
Moto G6
, comes with a fast charger.

More importantly, apart from comparing the iPhone’s aging charger
with its competition, it’s also a question of getting a complete
experience when you get a luxury item like the new iPhone XS.

At this stage, when the best iPhone costs $1,000 or more, I’d
fully expect it to come with a set of essential accessories to
make the most of the device. In this case, I’d expect a fast
charger to make use of the iPhone’s fast-charging support, not
just the minimum required spec.

Otherwise, it feels like buying an expensive sports car that
comes with cheap road tires, and you have to pay extra for the
good tires to make the most of the car’s performance.

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max
iPhone XS and XS Max.


With this logic, some might say wireless chargers should also be
included, as the iPhone has had wireless-charging support since
the iPhone 8. But unlike a fast charger, a wireless charger is
not an accessory included with most — if any — smartphones, and
fewer smartphones support wireless charging. It’s a less
essential accessory than those for wired charging.

Perhaps I’m particularly sensitive to this issue because I’m
regularly exposed to premium Android flagship devices that come
with fast chargers, whereas an iPhone fan who has owned only
iPhones might not even be aware of the benefits of fast charging.

It’s not the end of the world, as you’ll still be able to charge
the iPhone XS with the slow charger, much as you’d still be able
to drive that fast, expensive sports car on cheap tires. It just
feels as if Apple is missing an easy and relatively inexpensive
opportunity to provide the “complete package” that many would
expect when spending $1,000 on a new smartphone.

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