New iPhones for 2018 may come with this 18W USB-C charger

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Apple's upcoming iPhone and iPad refresh for 2018 is rumored to take advantage of fast charging out of the box, and that means, if true, the device will come with a USB-C charger.

Now we've seen photos of an 18W USB-C charger that belongs to the iPhone XI and iPad Pro 2018, according to a rumor from Asian supply chain site Macotakara. It looks a lot like the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL charging brick.

The unverified charger you see could be a third-party fake, warns 9to5mac, but the size does fit perfectly in between the existing 5W iPhone and 10W iPad chargers. 

The iPhone XI, iPhone 9 and iPad Pro 2018 should include an 18W charger and lightning-to-USB-C cable to support fast charging without the need to buy anything extra.

Why it'll change your charging habits

Fast charging is already possible with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, but the two necessary accessories don't come in the box. 

You'll need both a Lightning-to-USB-C cable and a USB-C charger – using a bulky 12-inch MacBook or MacBook Pro charger always works, too.

The benefits are pretty great – you can fast-charge a newer iPhone from 0% to 50% in 30 minutes. And if this rumored new charger is the real deal it'll be a long-overdue replacement for Apple's old 5W charger.