The iPhone 11 is shaping up to be a great phone on many fronts. The new dual camera system with its wide-angle lens opens up new photography opportunities, the A13 processor looks super fast, and Apple promises an hour longer battery life than the iPhone XR.
However, there’s one thing that it should really have that the iPhone 11 Pro comes with automatically. Not the third camera lens, nor the OLED display, but a better charger.
Within the iPhone 11’s box, you’ll find a 5-watt charger. This is the same wattage as the charger that came with the original iPhone back in 2007. While I’m sure Apple’s improved other aspects of the charger, the fact that the output hasn’t changed in 12 years of iPhones is lame.
If you get an iPhone Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, you get Apple’s first ever in-box fast charger, an 18W model. This does work with the standard iPhone 11, but you’ll need to buy it separately for $25/£25 if you want it, as well as a USB C to Lightning cable (another $19/£19) to connect the charger to your iPhone.
When you’ve spent your $44/£44, you’ll then achieve a charging speed of 50% of a full charge in 30 minutes, according to Apple’s tech specs. While that’s a lot better than what you’ll get from the 5W default charger, this still isn't great performance.
If you look over the fence into what Android phones are doing with their chargers, you’ll find far better figures. The OnePlus 7 Pro, which comes bundled with a 30W ‘Warp Charge’ adapter as standard, charges up to 60% in 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, with its included 25W charger, makes it to 47% in half an hour, while the Note 10 Plus manages 65% in half an hour. The Note 10 Plus can also utilize a separate 45W charger if you want it. The top of the Android charging speed tables is the Huawei P30 Pro, which can get you to 70% in 30 minutes with its included 40W charger.
We're glad that Apple is providing fast charging to iPhone 11 Pro buyers, and it’s a long overdue addition for those buying the top-tier iPhone. But the fact that Apple is still bundling a charger with the iPhone 11 that no more powerful than the iPhone 1’s, and that its 18W ‘fast charger’ is still slower than its rivals’ default chargers is not good enough.
The 2020 iPhone is expected to be a big shake-up for the iPhone series as a whole, and we can only hope that faster charging tech is part of it.