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An unsourced photo that surfaced Saturday from Asia indicates that Apple may be planning to redesign the iPhone charging adapter -- at least in the U.S. -- alongside the release of its next-generation handset, which is expected to sport a larger battery that may include increased charging requirements.




The part depicted in the photograph, which appeared on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo, bears the same physical design as Apple's current charging adapter in Australia. It is slightly wider than the current U.S. model, with notches on either side to allow a more solid grip when plugging and unplugging.

There is no word on why Apple would make such a move, though it is possible that the company plans to increase the charger's capacity above its current five watts. The so-called "iPhone 6" is rumored to ship with a battery some 46 percent larger than the battery in the iPhone 5s.

Also shown is a new Lightning charging cable with a reversible, USB Type-A plug at one end. A number of similar items have shown up in recent days -- and the company has been seen expressing interest in reversible designs -- though this design would not be compliant with official USB specifications.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at a media event on Sept. 9, with availability likely to begin on Sept. 19.
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The Australian style charger is certainly easier to grab hold of than the square US style !!!
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The iPhone adapter is already light and compact. Let's hope Apple is replacing that dreadfully heavy white brick that ships with the feather-light MacBook Air. Apple should make this standard with the next model: http://finsix.com/dart/
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The iPhone adapter is already light and compact. Let's hope Apple is replacing that dreadfully heavy white brick that ships with the feather-light MacBook Air. Apple should make this standard with the next model: http://finsix.com/dart/

Or it could be a slight modification to the iPad charger. I doubt Apple needs to enlarge the iPhone charger just to increase its amperage slightly. (And yes, I was temped to use the term 'amp up' in place of 'increase' in that previous sentence.)
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That site also tells us it comes with a reversible USB cable, though holding it like this is no indication these plugs are both on a single cable:



I wish these posters would someday understand the importance of making a picture of the print on the plug. Now we can't read what the Amperage or Wattage is. Bad pic, OrangeLee, bad pic.

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I doubt Apple needs to enlarge the iPhone charger just to increase its amperage slightly. (And yes, I was temped to use the term 'amp up' in place of 'increase' in that previous sentence.)

Lol. At least you didn't tell us it was more proof the 5.5" was coming¡
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It's about time Apple redesigned the charger. the old one was getting stale. /s

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Lol. At least you didn't tell us it was more proof the 5.5" was coming¡

Isn't it obvious? The 5.5 inch model will also get the exclusive premium charger, with custom gold plated lightning connector.

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Coincidentally Sammy rumored to change its charger design.
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Overall I don't care since I typically leave them plugged in and have many extra around but I think I would prefer it not to get larger… unless that means it will charge faster. I've noticed that some large Android phones with huge batteries have charging times that are lower than the iPhone. I'd like to see Apple improve in that area.

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Overall I don't care since I typically leave them plugged in and have many extra around but I think I would prefer it not to get larger… unless that means it will charge faster. I've noticed that some large Android phones with huge batteries have charging times that are lower than the iPhone. I'd like to see Apple improve in that area.

 

I just charge my iPhone using my 12W iPad charger. (the iPad's battery is much bigger of course).

Besides you don't want to charge it too quickly, as that wears the battery out faster. And we know how angry the Apple critics get when their phone batteries don't last 2 years.

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And how long after it’s released before Apple has to make a new one with a green dot on it because some moron plugged one in incorrectly, it exploded, and he wanted to sue?

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Maybe it will use a lightning connector instead of USB?

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Maybe it will use a lightning connector instead of USB?


Lightning to Lightning? Then how will that cable connect to any computer?

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Lightning to Lightning? Then how will that cable connect to any computer?

Oh yeah, that's true. How many people actually connect wired though?

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The iPhone adapter is already light and compact. Let's hope Apple is replacing that dreadfully heavy white brick that ships with the feather-light MacBook Air. Apple should make this standard with the next model: http://finsix.com/dart/
I don't see why, maybe Redone IPad charged would be good?

Also this seems a way to get into trouble with apple, apples canceled modified MagSafe adapters in past.
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Or it could be a slight modification to the iPad charger. I doubt Apple needs to enlarge the iPhone charger just to increase its amperage slightly. (And yes, I was temped to use the term 'amp up' in place of 'increase' in that previous sentence.)
Oh, said it together.
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Overall I don't care since I typically leave them plugged in and have many extra around but I think I would prefer it not to get larger… unless that means it will charge faster. I've noticed that some large Android phones with huge batteries have charging times that are lower than the iPhone. I'd like to see Apple improve in that area.
It's about the size of battery and the chargers wattage, iPhone 5S battery right about 6.0 watts with the 5.0 watt charger, most android have same charger but are now going up to an 10 watt+ battery size meaning that if apple updates iPhone to 7.77 watt battery size which is a 2100 mah then a 7.5 watt/hr charger would be better.
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Lightning to Lightning? Then how will that cable connect to any computer?
I've always wondered why they do not sell a lighting to thunderbolt, but a lighting to USB would not be that hard to add in the box as well as a new lighting to Ac. Of course it would get weird quickly.
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I for one wouldn't mind seeing them just go to one adapter for all iOS devices. Make things a lot easier. And this alleged new charger is a lot sexier than the current 12W.

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I for one wouldn't mind seeing them just go to one adapter for all iOS devices. Make things a lot easier. And this alleged new charger is a lot sexier than the current 12W.

The problem with that is you end up with a larger charger for the the iPhone and iPods. I'm not sure I want a larger charger that will cost more if it'll still charge the device the same. The same goes for Mac notebooks. If you went to buy an 11" MBA would you want it to come with the charger for a 15" MBP? I wouldn't.

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It's about time Apple redesigned the charger. the old one was getting stale. /s

remember fandroids calling Apple stupid for switching to the lighting connector?

P.S. can't wait for the black Samsung one!

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=samsung+copy+apple+charger&view=detail&id=6178E5E255F6CAE1A6C620C85A1F91D73B4C8E40&first=1

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=samsung+copy+apple+charger&view=detail&id=AE537FB43E70211F058AFD21D62F563AE8D488B6&first=3
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Ummm that's not Australian because they use the same plugs as us in New Zealand and the pins are not on an angle.

I think that's actually British if it's not US.
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Isn't it obvious? The 5.5 inch model will also get the exclusive premium charger, with custom gold plated lightning connector.

 

You missed the part about it being so obvious that a deaf man could smell it. Or something.

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Wow, I'll sleep like a baby now that I know that wee fact!
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Ummm that's not Australian because they use the same plugs as us in New Zealand and the pins are not on an angle.

I think that's actually British if it's not US.

The pins don't look angled to me.

 

And it's definitely not British, it doesn't even have the right number of pins

 

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I've always wondered why they do not sell a lighting to thunderbolt, but a lighting to USB would not be that hard to add in the box as well as a new lighting to Ac. Of course it would get weird quickly.

What'd be the point?  You're necessitating that people use multiple cables, and I can't see any advantage over the current cables.


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So obvious this means 5.5

 

A 4.7 screen would not need a more powerful adapter.

Only a 5.5 screen which is 80% bigger than a 4.0 screen.

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I wish American media would stop calling North and South America "the US".... there are other countries there, too, you know? :P

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I wish American media would stop calling North and South America "the US".... there are other countries there, too, you know? :P

For the love of God, not that discussion again!

http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/97861/blackberry-unseats-iphone-as-most-popular-smartphone-in-q1/120 (< some great Techstud badgering there)
http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/151145/rumor-7-inch-ipad-to-be-produced-in-brazil-for-fall-launch/40 (< again, Soli making sound statements here)

I think it all started in 2003:
http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/25186/is-it-time-to-redefine-the-concept-of-europe
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When you consider the cost of an IPhone, both the charger and earplugs are of very poor quality. I constantly need to replace both.
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And this alleged new charger is a lot sexier than the current 12W.

You want to have sex with it?

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Coincidentally Sammy rumored to change its charger design.

Adding ribbing for extra pleasure.....

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Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post
You want to have sex with it?

 

I’d say I was shocked, but then I’d have to get reconstructive penile surgery.

 

I wonder if, with the right application of voltage, you could get the muscle to become locked in that state...

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The pins don't look angled to me.

 

And it's definitely not British, it doesn't even have the right number of pins

 

Thanks I couldn't remember what the British ones looked like. :-)

 

Definitely not Australian though.

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For the love of God, not that discussion again!

http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/97861/blackberry-unseats-iphone-as-most-popular-smartphone-in-q1/120 (< some great Techstud badgering there)
http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/151145/rumor-7-inch-ipad-to-be-produced-in-brazil-for-fall-launch/40 (< again, Soli making sound statements here)

I think it all started in 2003:
http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/25186/is-it-time-to-redefine-the-concept-of-europe

Actually no he is right.

 

Those other conversations were in regards to the Continent which encompasses ALL of the Americas. However CoolFactor was specifically stating the US which is largely North America, Hawaii, and Alaska and is NOT Central or South America as these are not states of America.

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All I would like to see is a U.S. version with pins that fold into the device, similar to iPad and MacBook adapters. It would be much more comfortable in a pocket.

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Actually no he is right.

Those other conversations were in regards to the Continent which encompasses ALL of the Americas. However CoolFactor was specifically stating the US which is largely North America, Hawaii, and Alaska and is NOT Central or South America as these are not states of America.

That's true. I simply remembered those threads because of his post and had chuckle upon remembering techstud.
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What'd be the point?  You're necessitating that people use multiple cables, and I can't see any advantage over the current cables.
Well, apple has been pushing thunderbolt over USB lately, mainly by putting more thunderbolt ports then USB on a device. So this cord would be just an option, as well future proof if the case apple updates IOS devices to PCI-e or similar flash out speeding USB, or the small possibility thunderbolt kills USB in a few years.
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So obvious this means 5.5

A 4.7 screen would not need a more powerful adapter.
Only a 5.5 screen which is 80% bigger than a 4.0 screen.
Not neccesarily, a 4.7 inch would have a battery around 7.5 watts(it's still not assured) so a 1.5 amp charger could be with both, who knows, we know the devices are out, just the charger isn't assured yet...
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