iPhone 15 may remove the Lightning port, but Apple has more charging issues

As the EU is nearing a new law that will require phone manufacturers (among other manufacturers) to remove all proprietary charging ports from their devices and move to USB-C (a port considered the gold standard when it comes to charging and data transfer), we all look at Cupertino … No one is surprised that the European Union amendment is partially aimed at the biggest player in the technology industry – Apple. And while I will leave the morality of the story for another day (if government legislation directly conflicts with companies’ design decisions), I will admit that I am on board with this amendment (which is still not set in stone).However, the reason I want the iPhone 15 (finally) to switch ports isn’t just because “USB-C is better than Lightning,” which is a fact. Really, Apple charging situation there was a little mess has been around for a long time and it’s time to talk about it all.

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods and all the Apple stuff that may charge you …

Slow charging on modern iPhones, including the iPhone 13 Pro and possibly the iPhone 14

Before we get to bigger conversation pointsI can not cut Apple any slack, so I will contact you the biggest an elephant in a room that, admittedly, is not the most problematic elephant. Charging iPhones is slow.

Here are the charging speeds of Apple’s top flagship, the iPhone 13 Pro Max:

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max charging time with 65W charger ≈ 1: 45h
  • Charging time for iPhone 13 Pro Max with 20W charger ≈ 1: 55h
  • Charging time for iPhone 13 Pro Max with MagSafe ≈ 2: 20h

Obviously, the most common charger among all users will be the standard 20W Apple charger, which you can see can recharge the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s 4352mAh battery in two hours (give or take).This is technically very slow, especially when compared to modern Android flagships from OnePlus, Xiaomi and even Samsung which support 45-120W charging speeds and fully charge in 15-30 minutes, which is about an hour for Samsung .

Then, on the practical side, as someone who has been using a fast charging device for over two years (Huawei P30 Pro), I can say that it could save a day, if not a life. So the question remains: why does my 2019 Huawei phone charge twice as fast as the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which has roughly the same battery? Apple? Anyone?

iPhone 13: MagSafe is not secure … nor wireless … and certainly not fast …

We move on to Apple’s MagSafe chargers, which were introduced along with the iPhone 12, and will apparently stay with us, for reasons that are unclear to me and I believe a lot more. To cut to the chase, I have just three problems with MagSafe:

  • Not only is MagSafe slow, but it’s the slowest (wired) way to charge your phone in 2022.
  • MagSafe is less “wireless” than standard wireless charging as it is basically a magnetic wired charger
  • MagSafe isn’t really… securewhich was the original purpose of MagSafe on Mac (you can surely knock your iPhone off the table if you tripped over the cable)
And that’s all. I don’t see any real benefits to charging my iPhone with MagSafe. Of course, the fact that you can magnetically attach accessories with this functionality is indeed a very useful feature, but it has nothing to do with the MagSafe charger itself.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro: Reverse Wireless Charging, Apple?

Why is reverse wireless charging the best feature that iPhone does not have

This one seems like my personal annoyance more than the rest of Apple’s “charging problems”, but I find it really puzzling. Both my Pixel 6 Pro and Huawei P30 Pro (2019) can charge wireless earbuds wirelessly – just place them on the back of the phone. For those who have never used it, it may seem like a trick, but only if you think about it in the context of “staying at home where you have access to a charger.”

But when you start to move – whether you find yourself in the gym, forgot to charge your headphones, or on a trip where you’re trying to pack lightly and only want to take the charger and Lightning cable with you, Reverse Wireless Charging can be a really useful feature, which would allow you to charge AirPods and maybe even an Apple Watch on the back of the iPhone.

Not to mention, similar to fast charging, Reverse Wireless Charging can: Save the day. For example, you can top up someone’s dead phone enough to use Google Maps, or you can call Uber to get home safely.

Looks like reverse wireless charging won’t show up on the iPhone 14

So yeah – you should absolutely be able to charge your AirPods and even your Apple Watch on the back of the iPhone, but it doesn’t look like this feature is showing up on the iPhone 14. At least according to leaks and rumors not to mention about RWC. The more bizarre part of the story is that the iPhone 13 supports it through-loadingwhere you can charge your iPhone, which itself can simultaneously charge the Apple MagSafe battery while it is connected to it. This means the technology is practically available, but Apple has decided to omit giving the iPhone 13 the actual RWC.It is believed that Apple could introduce Reverse Wireless Charging on the iPad first, but of course for that to happen the iPad needs to switch to using glass or plastic on the back, or at least a small portion of it. IPhone users? Stand in line.

Different chargers for every Apple device: Bad Apple in a walled garden

But true the bad apple in a walled garden is not that iPhones are slow to charge or … MagSafe. It’s a fact that almost the entire Apple product portfolio uses different chargers. Let me develop:

  • iPhone charges using the Lightning cable
  • Most iPads charge via USB-C, but the standard iPad still uses the Lightning port
  • The latest MacBook Pro can charge via USB-C, but MagSafe gives you the fastest charging you can get, and it’s the only cable you get in the box
  • AirPods charge using a Lightning cable, but Beats headphones and earbuds (manufactured by Apple) use USB-C
  • The Apple Watch uses a proprietary charger that has been around for centuries

To put it all differently, if you were going on a trip carrying your iPhone, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, and MacBook Pro (2021), you’d have to carry four separate cables to be able to charge your devices and / or fully take advantage of their charging capabilities. And of course, if you don’t have a multi-point charger, you’ll also need four separate charging pads – an issue that Apple could soon solve (or almost solve) by introducing a leak Apple charger with dual USB-C ports, which is expected to be available soon.

Finally: is it all about money and will the iPhone 15 be sportless?

It’s weird to see such a critical part of the Apple ecosystem overlooked, to put it mildly … Apple products are designed to work seamlessly together and work that way, except for the one part that is landing. It just doesn’t Apple experience what people would expect from the world’s largest technology company.

Does Cupertino prefer petty cash to a universal charging solution that would make people’s lives easier? Likely. This is probably why Tim Cook & Co decided to forgo the chargers from the iPhone’s box, another bizarre move now adopted by many Android phone makers, including Samsung.

On that topic … Why not make the included charger optional and let people decide if they need one? Why not give your iPhone 14 Pro a quick charge? Make it a pro, if not standard feature. Or why not give it a Wireless Reverse Charging so it can charge your Apple Watch and AirPods?

Perhaps that was Apple’s plan from the very beginning … an iPhone without a port. We’ve heard rumors of an iPhone without a SIM tray, and of course rumors of Apple’s “wireless charging only” iPhone have been traveling for years.

It seems that thanks to the EU, 2023 may be the year in which we will receive answers to this long-standing question. In my opinion, Apple will not agree to the transition to USB-C, because if the company was willing to do so, it would have done so some time ago. The most obvious solution for Apple now remains MagSafe. And you already know how I feel about it.

How do you feel with it?

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