Semiconductors Poised to Benefit From the New Apple iPhones

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These are significantly more affordable than Apple's $159 AirPods, at $99.95, but they're also less "magical", sporting traditional cords and a Lightning connector for those times you'd rather listen to music than charge your iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus or X. Fast-charge testing conducted with drained iPhone units. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2017 using preproduction iPhone X units and software and accessory Apple USB-C Power Adapters (29W Model A1540, 61W Model A1718, 87W Model A1719). The least expensive unit they could get is the 29W version, which is priced at $49.

Still, assuming you're willing to make the investment, fast charging is a great addition to a phone. That means that users will need to plug the iPhones into a wall or port via a Lightning-to-USB-C charging cable in order to enable fast-charging.

As someone who frequently takes advantage of the fast charge capabilities of the newest iPad Pro using my MacBook adapter, I can tell you this makes a huge difference. Any third-party USB Power Delivery-capable charger should also work with the new iPads and iPhones, but The Verge points out that such products do not come at a cheap price either.

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The Qi standard will support both inductive wire charging and resonant wireless charging. The new smartwatch has cellular connectivity, while the updated set-top box features 4K and HDR support.

As for Broadcom, Vihn is bullish on the increased number of the company's chips utilized in the phones, as he contends the higher number of GPUs will be used in the devices' 3D touch and wireless charging features.