Apple isn’t known for bundling the best accessories with its phones. That makes sense when it comes to the headphones — everyone should just burn EarPods on sight — but the charger is one boring thing that Apple has consistently neglected.

You see, all recent iPhones can be charged at a maximum of 10 Watts, with a 5V/2A charger. Charging at the maximum power means your phone charges more quickly, and is also better for the battery long-term than charging at a lower power.

But strangely, Apple only includes a standard 5v/1A charger with all iPhones, which provides a max of 5 Watts. If you want to charge an iPhone at max speed, you need to use an iPad charger or a third-party charger from the likes of Anker.

This is in stark comparison to high-end Android devices, which have embraced proprietary quick-charge standards that can juice up devices with as much as 18 Watts. In the real world, that means some leading Android phones can get up to a 50% charge in just half an hour, way faster than an iPhone.

According to a new research note, Apple is finally going to address the problem with the iPhone 8. A research note from Barclays obtained by 9to5Mac reads “We believe that in the iPhone 8, Apple likely includes Cypress Semiconductor’s USB-C Power Delivery chip in the phone and an additional chip within the power brick in box (likely a new 10W, which would use a more integrated solution with Cypress Power Delivery).”

This is good news on its own, but it obviously also opens up a new possibility: a USB-C port rather than Lightning on the iPhone 8. It wouldn’t strictly be necessary, but USB-C is specifically designed for much higher power draws than Lightning or micro-USB, with a max capacity of 100W.

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.