It’s bizarre, but it was possibly faster to charge an iPhone’s battery in a power bank than with the plug adapter that Apple shipped in the smartphone box. Until then, even on the R $ 9,999 iPhone XS Max, the included charger had only 5 watts of power. This changes with the releases of this Tuesday (10).
On stage, Apple made a point of showing the new plug adapter included in the case of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. It has 18 watts of power, which allows a “recharge of up to 50% in about 30 minutes ”, According to Apple.
For quick charging to work, the plug adapter has a USB-C port (instead of the old model’s USB-A) and the Lightning cable has been updated accordingly. This also means that it will finally be possible to connect the iPhone to a recent MacBook via the cable included in the box (!) – Apple’s new laptops no longer have conventional USB ports.
The shorter charging time was already possible on the iPhone XS, but the fast charger should be purchased separately – and the same will remain valid for future iPhone 11 owners, who will continue to receive a conventional USB-A adapter. In Brazil, the 18-watt accessory costs R $ 219 at the Apple store, while the original Lightning to USB-C cable costs R $ 149 (1 meter) or R $ 299 (2 meters).
Apple does not disclose the battery capacity of iPhones in mAh. According to the company, the iPhone 11 lasts an hour longer than the iPhone XR; while the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max gained four and five hours of battery life, respectively, compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max.
Despite the good news in chargers, Apple will still lag behind competitors. Huawei sends a 40-watt charger with the P30 Pro, which raises the battery from zero to 70% in just half an hour. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ comes with a 25 watt adapter in the box, supporting up to 45 watts with a model sold separately.