iPhone 4 charger

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nickarate, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. nickarate macrumors regular

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    I bought the iPad (which I am loving btw!!) on launch day but was a little upset when the cable was different than the one I had been using for my iPod touch for years. A couple of accessories kind of just went down the toilet.

    So I did a little searching and couldn't find anything, but do you guys have any idea which cable the new iPhone will use? It would be very convenient for me if it used the iPad cable as that would give me a second one without having to go out and buy it separately.
     
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Is the cable not the same? The power converter is bigger but that's the only difference. I think the iPhone will use the same converter as the other iPhones.
     
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    How exactly is it different? I am pretty sure it uses the exact same connector as the touch and iphone
     
  4. nickarate thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't understand all the details (I wish I did) but I know that the usb cable for the iPad is higher energy (of some sort) and is backwards compatible with previous idevices but the old cables don't charge the iPad.
     
  5. GadgetGeek71 macrumors 6502

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    If I remember correctly, Lord Jobs was pointing out the physical buttons and connections in one of the keynotes and he said "...the same connector..."

    If Apple pulls a BlackBerry (switching from a USB Mini to a USB Micro)...they'll have a bunch of pissed off people.
     
  6. Fireproof! macrumors 6502a

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    The cable is the same. The connector on the end of the cable is the same.

    The only difference is the higher-wattage "power brick" it's connected to that gets plugged into the wall. (Note the size difference)

    But the USB cable that's plugged INTO it (and into your iPad on the other end) is interchangeable with other cables.
     
  7. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    The wall adapter is a higher wattage, yes, but I am fairly certain that the cable itself is not limited by power use.
     
  8. monksealpup macrumors regular

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    People need to stop guessing and spreading these guesses as fact.

    The cable is perfectly capable of carrying the 2A required for the iPad. The 2A is supplied by iPad's special adapter. The iPad pulls 2A because it has two iPhone batteries. The iPhone 3GS (and presumably the iPhone 4) draws 1A because it only has one battery.

    You can use the iPad's adapter to charge the iPhone (the device determines how much current it wants to draw). You CAN use the iPhone's adapter to charge the iPad, but not at full speed (the iPad requests 2A, but the adapter only supplies 1A).

    All voltages involved are 5V (so discussing wattage is equivalent to discussing amperage).


    Note for the nitpickers: the iPad's adapter supplies 2.1A. Bite me.
     
  9. nickarate thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys! I appreciate the clarification. I was told that the old cables didn't charge the ipad (like it says on the device when it is plugged in) but I guess I didn't understand it. Thanks, Nick
     
  10. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    Yeah that'd be bad. I already don't have enough $20 Apple USB cables laying around my house as is. Ridiculous..
     

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