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2018 iPhone lineup will bring even faster charging

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Topping up your iPhone could be faster than ever this fall.
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The 2018 iPhone lineup will pack improved charging technologies to make topping up faster than ever before, according to a new report.

Apple is expected to team up with new suppliers who can provide higher powered charging components, which will finally allow the iPhone to compete with Android-powered rivals in charging speed.

The iPhone has long beaten most of its competitors when it comes to battery life. But once that battery is dead and it needs charging, Apple devices are typically much slower at reaching full capacity.

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all charge faster than their predecessors — but there’s still room for improvement. That will come this year, one rumor claims.

iPhone to get new charging technology this year

Apple is said to be eyeing up new suppliers who can provide faster charging components. Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang claims the company wants to swap its existing 5V 2A circuitry to 9V 2A and 5V 3A circuitry for the 2018 iPhone lineup.

This will allow the iPhone to “support more applications, provide a quicker recharge, and better compete with Android OEMs,” Zhang writes in a research note, obtained by AppleInsider.

It is believed Apple could make Power Integrations its sole supplier of fast-charging chipsets. After the company has fixed a quality control issue, it could replace ON Semiconductor and NXP Semiconductors as “the main provider for the charging solution for all new iPhone and iPads,” Zhang continues.

Apple could ship 85 million iPhones in Q2 2018

Zhang also believes that Apple will replace its existing wireless charging technology, provided by Broadcom, with new components from Texas Instruments for the LCD iPhone expected to arrive this fall.

The analyst expects iPhone production growth during the second half of 2018 as a result of new models. Apple could manufacture around 100 million units and ship 85 million before the end of the year.

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