In the unlikely event that you missed it, Apple this week unveiled three new smartphones: the iPhone 8, iPHone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
All three handsets offer major upgrades on the iPhone 7, with the iPhone X marking the biggest design overhaul of any iPhone to date.
With its stunning 5.8 inch OLED edge to edge display and new FaceID system, Apple says the iPhone X is the “future of the smartphone”.
The iPhone X is almost the most expensive iPhone to date priced from $999, or Bt33,000 when it launches Thailand, likely to be mid-to-end November.
Along with the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also support fast charging.
When Apple announced the new handsets, a lot was made of the new devices supporting wireless charging, which isn’t actually true wireless as you still have to place the phone on a charging pad for it to charge. That isn’t a criticism aimed solely at Apple, plenty of other smartphone manufacturers try to pass off this feature as wireless charging, when really it isn’t.
However, along with the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also include a much more useful feature.
The three handsets support fast charging which Apple says will charge the battery of any of the new iPhones to 50 percent capacity in just 30 minutes – very useful indeed, certainly more useful and practical than so called wireless charging.
However, what Apple were perhaps not quite so eager to reveal is that in order to use the new fast charging feature you will need to buy separate accessories on top of the already hefty price tag of the new iPhones.
Specifically, you’ll need to shell out Apple’s new USB-C power adapter and a USB-C-to-Lightning power cable. While the Thailand pricing of the adapter and cable is to be confirmed, they currently retail in the US for start from $49 and $25, respectively.
There’s also another option, which is to purchase one of the wireless charging pads, like this one from Belkin, in order to fast charge your new iPhone. That said, fast charging isn’t initially available with the charging pads and will be added via a software update later this year.
Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to writing about tech, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has previously written for one the UK’s leading watch and horology websites.