All three of the new iPhones -- the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X -- support the new "fast charging" capability that juices your phone to 50% in just 30 minutes, but as several outlets have reported, it only works when the device is charged with a USB-C charger. Apple spells this out in the fine print under the official tech specs for the new phones, but made no mention of this catch during its keynote event earlier this week.
As you may recall, USB-C is Apple's new favored port/charging cable for new MacBook Pros, thanks to its incredibly fast throughput between devices (it facilitates a much better connection than traditional USBs or old-school MagSafe power adapters). In order to charge your iPhone via USB-C, you'll actually need both a USB-C to Lightning cable and a USB-C Power adapter, neither of which come included in the box with any iPhone model. That means in order to charge up lickety-split, you have to purchase those separately, and they definitely aren't cheap. On Apple.com, the cable and adapter cost $25 and $49, respectively. Damn.