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With the iPhone 11 Pro, Apple is bundling a fast charger for the first time

On: September 11, 2019

Apple launched the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max in Cupertino last night. The latest iPhones are iterative upgrades to last year’s iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. While the brand upgraded nearly every aspect of the phones from the design to the internals, there was one feature that some of you might have missed – a fast charger.

For the first time in the history of iPhones, Apple is bundling an 18W fast charger in the box. However, it’s worth noting that only the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max come with the fast charger – the iPhone 11 still ships with the outdated 5W charger, despite supporting fast charging.

While all the new iPhones continue to use a Lightning connecter (there were rumours of Apple switching to Type-C ports), the 18W wall charger is a Type-C one, and shops with a  Type-C to lightning cable in the box. Despite not being a straight forward shift to USB-C connectors, this is a step in the right direction for the brand.

Apple has been using ancient 5W chargers since 2007, ever since the first iPhone launched. While the connector changed from a 16-pin dock to much smaller lightning connector, the power standard remained the same. Interestingly, Apple introduced fast charging support from the iPhone 8 onwards, maxing out at 30W. In fact, Apple’s fast charging support page suggests that iPhones can safely work with 87W power adapters too. Most Android phones in comparison ship with 10W chargers in the box, with many mid-range phones now bundling a fast charger in the box.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max specifications

To recap on the specs, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max are pretty much identical, apart from a difference in display size and battery. The former ships with a 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR screen with 2,436 x 1,125 pixels resolution and HDR10, while the latter has same display but measuring 6.5-inches. The performance is powered by the A13 Bionic chipset and the phones boot the latest iOS 13 out of the box.

Coming to the camera department, the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are equipped with three 12-megapixel cameras including f/2.0 telephoto, f/1.8 wide and f/2.4 ultra-wide lenses on the back. For selfies, there is another 12-megapixel snapper on the front, which is a TrueDepth lens and can capture slow motion selfies. Other features include a Dolby Atmos, Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit LTE and dual-SIM with eSIM support.

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