2019 iPhones stuck with Lightning, slow 5-watt charging block say industry sources

Apple has purportedly been testing some iPhone prototypes with a USB-C connector instead of a Lightning port, giving the possibility that the company would finally do away with including a 5-watt charging adapter in the box this year.

But “hope” has turned to “nope” in the predictions of accessory makers who tell Macotakara that customers buying an iPhone from September of this year will still have to look forward to a Lightning cable and a 5W wall wart.

Some believe that Apple is trying to keep costs down on the peripherals — models since the iPhone 8 and iPhone X have supported charging via a USB-C cable at 18W. The included EarPods would also have to shift from Lightning to USB-C.

It’s believed that another deterrent to faster USB-C charging is the iPhone’s native Qi wireless charging capability available at 7.5W. Apple does not include wireless charging pads with new iPhone purchases.

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