NICKEL-AND-DIMING ON THE CHARGING CAPABILITIES OF THE iPHONE X

An interesting titbit from the iPhone X tech specs page (also applies to the iPhone 8):

Regarding the battery:

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers)

Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter

Fast-charge capable

And what is supplied in the box:

iPhone with iOS 11

EarPods with Lightning Connector

Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter

Lightning to USB Cable

USB Power Adapter

The iPhone X may be marketed as from “the future,” but in truth Apple has been pushing the boundaries of tech since a while now. The iPhone 7 omitted the headphone jack to some criticism, while now the entire MacBook line-up features only USB Type-C ports. It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you sit on, Apple is a design-centric company and in design, you have to make decisions. Maybe we aren’t there for a wireless and single-port-rule-all world yet, but that is definitely where we are headed.

What however there is no excuse for, is, delivering a compromised experience for what are arguably the most expensive tech products available.

The iPhone 7 may have shipped with a headphone adapter, but it omitted something more important, a 12-watt charger. It was capable of charging faster [not to be confused with fast charge] but most people are unaware, and most people are not going to purchase an additional brick, even if it’s a fraction of the phone itself.

The 2016 and later entire MacBook line; did not come bundled with the standard $19 power extension accessory bundled before, despite having a 15% or so higher price.

This year’s iPad Pros; ship with a 12-watt charger, capable of fast charging [which consists of boosting a device from 0 – 50% in significantly shorter period before normal speeds resume) with a 29-watt or higher USB-C output brick.

This moment’s iPhones 8 and X; capable of fast charging as well with a similar brick. Added to this, wireless charging. Let’s add something else too; it still ships with a lighting to USB-A cable.

The iPhone 8 starts at a $50 higher price than the 7 (albeit with little more storage). The iPhone X starts at $999.

$999 is the price for a phone ahead of its time, but it doesn’t get you wireless sound or connectivity inside the box. That’s extra.

Connectivity to your USB-C type MacBook? Extra.

Wired charging at 12-watt speeds? Extra. Or fast-charging (which is genuinely useful) at 29-watts? Extra.

$999 might be a psychological price-point to meet, but in all senses, I’d rather charge $1049 and give the best version of the charging accessories inside the box.

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