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Your new 2018 iPhone may come with a faster charging USB-C to Lightning cable

3rd parties could soon offer the charging cables, as well.

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On Wednesday, Apple’s expected to reveal three new iPhone models for 2018. Every one of them could ship with a USB-C charging box. This charger, when connected to an iPhone with a USB-C to Lightning cable, would enable fast charging.

According to Japan’s Macotakara, Apple recently told partners in its “Made for iPhone” program that they will soon be able to sell licensed USB-C to Lightning cables. Right now, Apple’s the only manufacturer that’s allowed to do this through the program and could be the sole manufacturer to offer the cables when the 2018 iPhones launch.

Third-parties hoping to sell fully-certified USB-C to Lightning cables must use Apple’s new C94 Lightning connector. It enables 15-watt charging with a standard power adapter and up to 18 watts with a compatible power adapter for those devices that support it. That should change in late 2018, however, as third parties will then have the options to make and distribute their own versions.

Apple’s cables are notoriously expensive so this is good news for customers. Of course, official MFi cables aren’t cheap either, although they should save you some cash.

We should know a lot more about Apple’s plans soon enough. Cupertino’s annual fall event is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. PDT. At the press event, the company’s expected to launch two new OLED iPhones (measuring 5.8- and 6.5-inches, respectively) and a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model.

We could also see the introduction of two new iPad Pro tablets (measuring 11- and 12.9-inches) and a fourth-generation Apple Watch. New Macs could also be revealed.

Recent rumors have suggested Apple’s two new OLED iPhones will be called the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max.

Are you planning on buying a 2018 iPhone? Which model? 

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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