IPhone 12 comes with out a plug for charging – here’s what to purchase


The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max will be presented during a virtual product launch.

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Apple's new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, which can be pre-ordered from Friday, come with a cable in the box, but not with the plug that plugs into an outlet. Apple has started reducing its carbon footprint, but it also means you have to spend more to get the most out of your new iPhone.

Here's the deal: if you still have one of those little square chargers from Apple with a regular USB plug, you can't use that one with the new cable in the iPhone 12 box that uses a different connection.

This old charger won't charge your iPhone as quickly as possible either. With the new plug you should be 50% charged in about 30 minutes. You won't get full speed with Apple's new MagSafe charger either. That means your phone will take a lot more time to charge if you don't upgrade.

This is what the old charger I am talking about looks like. If you have it, consider replacing it.

Apple's 5-watt iPhone charger.


Here's what you should buy for faster charging speeds, whether you're plugging it directly into the iPhone or the new MagSafe wireless charger:

Apple's 20 watt iPhone charger.


It's Apple's 20-watt iPhone plug for $ 20. Anker and other brands sell similar products on Amazon for around $ 20. (Newer iPads and Macs use similar plugs, so you may already have one. Check to see if it does.)

And yes, I understand that if you spend at least $ 799 on a new iPhone, the last thing you'll want to spend is another $ 20. However, you will be waiting a lot longer for your iPhone to charge if you don't.


Katherine Clark