If we look back a year, we will realize how much things have changed in terms of base storage in iOS. At that time, an analyst predicted the end of the 16GB iPhone, something that did not take long to happen from the iPhone 7. As we said in that occasion, the basic storage of Apple, happened to sleep the dream of the just ones.
Now, even the iPhone SE has 32GB of input storage. The same as the 2017 iPad. Going one step further, the new iPhone starts with 64GB. Now that the 16GB is banished, there’s another element ready to take over: the fast loading on iOS devices .
The origin of fast loading in iOS
Apple began supporting fast-charging technology with the 2015 iPad Pro. This 12.9-inch model has a gigantic 10,307mAh battery , for which we need about 4 or 5 hours connected to the current if we use the charger that comes as standard. The idea was for the user to charge his iPad Pro overnight.
As this could be a problem for some users who need more speed, Apple incorporated this technology. With it, the 2015 iPad Pro charges the battery from 0% to 80% in one and a half or about two hours until it reaches 100%. That’s a lot less time than before for a device with such a battery.
The first iOS with a quick charge was launched in 2015, but since then it has been an optional accessory
Since 2015, we haven’t heard of any iOS devices entering this select and closed club. Until June 2017. During the WWDC, Apple presented the new generation of 12.9 and 10.5 inch iPad Pro. Both with support for quick charging. Three months later, the iPhone joined the party with three models: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
So today, all the latest generation iOS devices support fast loading (with the exception of the 2017 iPad). It should also be noted that although fast charging is not a must , it will be an additional convenience for your users. One that other manufacturers have already incorporated for a long time.
But that’s not the debate. The quick charge threatens to become that 16GB that has been underground for a year and take its place. The reason is found inside the box .
Support yes, but sold separately
Don’t confuse fast charging with the brand new wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. But to enjoy both, you need to buy separate accessories. In the case of quick charging and as we saw a few days ago, the necessary outlay is at least 88 euros if we buy the Apple officers.
The company shared a few days ago the requirements to enjoy fast charging on the new iPhone, which are the same for the iPad Pro:
- An Apple USB-C wall charger with 29W, 61W or 87W. The one that comes in the new Macs works perfectly.
- A USB-C to Lightning cable serves either the Apple cable or a generic cable that supports the electrical charge of devices.
Confirmado: el iPhone X tendrá la batería con mayor capacidad de esta generación de iPhone.
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It is understandable that not all users will want or need the quick loading and therefore it is sold separately. But it is also foreseeable that this need will increase in the future , in the same way that the 16GB fell short of our needs over time. If it were otherwise, Apple would not have bothered to incorporate fast loading on any computer.
To make matters worse, we are living in the middle of the transition from USB-A to the multi-purpose USB-C connector. This means that those who buy a new Mac laptop and a new iPad or iPhone find themselves with a USB-A cable in the iOS device box. A connector that they can no longer plug into their new Mac.
Fast loading is not a very demanded functionality today but it is understandable that if Apple adds it is because they expect it to be in the future
At some point, Apple is going to have to jump with both feet into both the fast charging and USB-C world. In my opinion, the company has two options here:
- Include a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box of new Mac laptops This way, anyone with an iPhone or iPad Pro can quickly charge it using the cable and charger that comes standard with your Mac.
- Include the necessary charger and cable for quick charging in the new generation of iOS devices and remove the old one from the box.
Both have pros and cons. For example, in the first not everyone who buys a Mac has an iPhone as a terminal. The cable would be completely spare . In the case of the second, I think there is a problem of size with the charger. The one that comes as standard today is extremely compact, while the 29W is quite bulky in comparison.
But even if Apple were to design a smaller charger, we would be facing the same connector transition again. Only this time it would be on iOS devices instead of Mac. All the charger cables and accessories that we have accumulated, both official and third party, would no longer work . And yet, this is the kind of decision that Apple makes: leaving behind the old and that has already had its time to open the doors to the new and with a bright future.
Let’s hope that Apple doesn’t take long to gather the courage to make this leap. Many Apple users are paying him to make this kind of design decision and say “no” again.