Over ten million people have purchased Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during the launch weekend. They laud the new phones’ bigger display, new design, improved camera technology, NFC, Apple Pay, iOS 8 and more. But very few of them know that the iPhone 6 and its big brother both support faster charging.
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have faster charging capabilities
Problem is, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus come with 1A charger. MacRumors and iLounge found that they support even faster 2.1A charger that comes with the iPad. So, using the small wall charging plug offered with the box isn’t the fastest way to charge your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. MacRumors and iLounge carried out tests using a Kill-A-Watt electronic monitoring device. Tests revealed that the charging profile of the new iPhones is identical to that of the iPad.
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Using the 2.1A charger of the iPad, the bigger iPhone 6 Plus could be fully charged in less than two hours. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus profiles allow them to draw 12W of power at any given time, compared to just 5W for older iPhones. Your new iPhone 6 already supports better charging. So, if you have a 2.1A charger, use it instead of the 1A charger that comes with the device and you can speed up the charging time.
Apple should have offered 2.1A charger with the iPhone 6
Apple should have offered 2.1A charger as standard. The iPads have long supported 2.1A charging. If you don’t already own an iPad, you can pick up a new iPad adapter as it costs only $19. However, that’s not the only way to benefit from the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ new charging capabilities. You can simply plug your new smartphone into a Mac to charge it at the appropriate speed. Macs used in iLounge’s testing were running the OS X Yosemite, which is currently in the public beta. The new desktop OS is expected to be announced next month.
Apple shares fell 0.41% to $100.65 in pre-market trading Tuesday.