Apple customers that finally got over the fact that they have to shell out $159 for the wireless Airpods will now have to get over the fact that the 2019 crop of iPhones won’t support quick charging out of the box either. Previous rumors suggested that quick chargers would be a standard accessory with iPhones sold from 2019 onward, but a new report from Macotakara suggests otherwise. According to the most recent report, new iPhones will continue to come with the old-school, outdated 5-Watt charging bricks. Which, in turn, also means that they won’t feature the USB-C ports found on most new Android-based phones on the market today.
This means a couple of things. First, you’ll have to pony up for a fast charger if you don’t want to, essentially, trickle charge your new phone. Secondly, 2019 iPhones will still come with regular USB-A-Lightning cable adapters. So, when you consider how Apple tries to milk consumers for everything it can, previous USB-C rumors aren’t worth their weight in gold. Secondly, you still won’t be able to connect your iPhone directly to your Mac since all new Macs come with USB-C ports. So, to connect your phone for charging to data-transfer, you’ll need to use an extra dongle or adapter. On the plus side, those of you that have already purchased fast chargers for your current iPhone will probably be able to continue using them, but don’t rule out the need for an additional purchase quite yet.
As far as we know, Airpods will still be an “extra” accessory, and there’s no hint at prices coming down anytime soon. The 2019 phones will likely ship with the standard EarPods, lighting connector, and 3.5mm headphone jack adapter. This obviously isn’t a dealbreaker for die-hard Apple enthusiasts, or those that enjoy the simplicity of iOS, but it is starting to make Android flagships look that much better. Recent rumors also suggest that the Samsung S10 could ship with wireless earbuds as a standard accessory – something that could also lure away at least a few Apple customers here and there.
It’s still way too early to say anything for sure as the 2019 crop of phones won’t be announced until sometime in September. As we all know, a lot can happen in seven months, so we’ll just have to wait this one out.