Nice work by Dan Loewenherz, charting the charging time for an iPhone 8 Plus by charger. “Fast-charging” using Apple’s $49 29-watt charger and $25 USB-C to Lightning cable is only barely faster than using a 12-watt or 10-watt iPad charger. The only charger that really stands out is the 5-watt charger included with the iPhones.
One conclusion from this is that Apple is cheaping out and should put a 10-watt iPad-style charger in the box with each iPhone. Another — suggested on Twitter by David Barnard — is that Apple ships the 5-watt charger with iPhones because it’s so much smaller, and although slower, is fast enough.
I’m on the side that this is Apple cheaping out. But thinking about it, it seems possible to me that Apple has its finger on the pulse of iPhone user complaints. They might know for a fact that “I wish my iPhone charged faster” is low on the list, perhaps because most iPhone users exclusively charge their phones overnight. Also, a lot of people carry a charger in a purse/bag. They want something tiny and might not know or care why Apple made the charger bigger.
Update: I’ve heard from a bunch of readers who either prefer the small charger themselves or who have family members who do. It’s not just about a smaller object to put in your bag — a frequent comment is that the small charger fits into many outlets where the larger ones don’t.
Jonathan Martin and Mark Landleroct, reporting for The New York Times:
Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that
President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,”
with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the
nation “on the path to World War III.”
In an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party, Mr.
Corker said he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s
doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something.”
“He concerns me,” Mr. Corker added. “He would have to concern
anyone who cares about our nation.” […]
All but inviting his colleagues to join him in speaking out about
the president, Mr. Corker said his concerns about Mr. Trump were
shared by nearly every Senate Republican.
“Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus
understands what we’re dealing with here,” he said, adding that
“of course they understand the volatility that we’re dealing with
and the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around
him to keep him in the middle of the road.”
Even Republicans are now saying, on the record, what has been obvious all along: Trump is mentally unfit for the job — an impulsive, angry, uninformed narcissist with a tenuous hold on reality who is a menace to the nation and the world.
Contrary to Trump’s (and his followers’) incessant bleating, the news media is in fact profoundly biased for Trump by pretending he’s mentally competent. The narrative as presented on the front pages of our major newspapers is that we’re still within the bounds of normalcy: Republicans holding both houses of Congress and the White House, but unable to advance any significant legislation because of conflicts within the party.
The real story is that we’ve elected a dangerous man mentally unfit for office — quite possibly both mentally ill (narcissistic personality disorder) and suffering from the early stages of dementia — and the only people who can do something about it are the members of his own party, who refuse to do so out of fear of angering those in the electorate who for whatever reason still support Trump.
I don’t agree with Bob Corker on politics, but I admire and thank him for breaking the seal on speaking openly of Trump as mentally unfit. If Democrats say it, it can be spun as politics. When Republicans say, there’s nothing to spin.