Back when iPhones 8 and X were announced, it was quietly revealed that they would both support fast charging. Some people were probably quite happy about that, even if their spirits were later dampened by the fact Apple is making people buy faster chargers separately. Now, though, a support document has detailed which third party fast chargers are supported, meaning you don't necessarily have to buy one directly from Apple.
The document was discovered by MacRumors, confirming exactly what specs a third-party charger requires to speed up the flow of power to the new iPhones. It officially confirms what we reported a couple of weeks ago, in that the iPhone 8 and X will need to use USB-C to take advantage of fast charging.
Fast charging gives you a quick and convenient way to recharge your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. Your iPhone fast charges up to 50 percent in 30 minutes when you use an Apple USB-C to Lightning cable and one of these adapters:
- Apple 29W, 61W, or 87W USB-C Power Adapter
- A comparable third-party USB-C power adapter that supports USB Power Delivery (USB-PD)
So while Apple is recommending people still use the official £25 USB-C to Lighting cable, you don't necessarily need to spend £50 on an Apple branded charger. While no third party brands are mentioned in the document (you know Apple would suggest expensive ones), it seems like a simple case of checking the wattage and ensuring it complies with the USB-PD specification.
It's not quite as convenient (or fast) as the fast charging options available to Android users, but at least you're not stuck with having to choose between buying Apple or charging your battery at regular speed. [MacRumors via Ubergizmo]