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iPhone 8 and iPhone X support fast charging over USB-C

Among the details for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X is the fact that the new devices will support fast charging. Apple claims its new phones can recharge up to 50 percent of their battery life in a 30-minute charge. But there’s a catch: you have to use USB-C.

That’s because Apple is using USB Power Delivery, one of the various USB-C charging specifications, to provide fast charging on the new phones. It’s a feature that is also offered on its newest iPads with both the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the updated 12.9-inch model supporting the option when they were released earlier this year.

So, to take advantage of fast charging on one of the new iPhones, you’ll need to buy both a Lightning-to-USB-C cable (Apple sells them for $25), and a USB-C Power Delivery-compatible charger. The cheapest Apple option is the 29W brick for the 12-inch MacBook, which costs $50.