Of course, the iPhone 13 doesn’t come with a power adapter, but you can buy a 20W or 30W power adapter from Apple if you need it. Now it looks like those products will be replaced by a new and improved 35W brick that offers not one, but two USB-C ports.
This is according to an official Apple support document spotted by 9to5Mac (opens in new tab) that has since been removed. It refers to an “Apple 35W Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter” and refers to the two ports on the power adapter.
Another bit of evidence that this device might actually be on the way comes from trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who tweeted last month (opens in new tab) that Apple is preparing a new GaN (gallium nitride) charger that should be released sometime this year.
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If you’re new to GaN charging technology, it’s been on the verge of breaking into the mainstream for a couple of years. Essentially, using gallium nitride instead of silicon means the charger is able to manage heat more effectively.
That means components in a charger can be packed closer together without safety risks, and it means Apple’s next power brick could be significantly smaller than official models currently on the market.
Increasing the maximum charge to 35W and adding an extra port also means multiple devices can be charged at the same time: the iPhone 13 Pro Max, for example, can be charged at a rate of up to 27W, leaving some juice for your AirPods or Apple Watch remains .
Analysis: Apple is still catching up
For the sake of balance, we should point out that 9to5Mac isn’t sure when this charger will launch, admitting that “it’s also possible it was scrapped altogether”. However, the presence of an official support document at least suggests that the product was in the pipeline at some point.
It is also clear that Apple lags far behind the competition when it comes to battery and charging technology. We’re now seeing Android phones with 120W charging speeds, while Apple’s best iPhone messes with a peak rate of 27W. That’s a huge difference.
The gap extends to chargers as well, with Apple’s Power Bricks being as modest as its devices in terms of charging speeds. It now ships a 140W GaN charger with the latest MacBook Pro models, so that’s a start, but it could do a lot more.
This is one of those areas – like in-screen fingerprint sensors – where Apple seems content to take its time introducing and perfecting the technology. However, with the rumors and leaks to suggest it, we think it won’t be too long before Apple unveils an improved charging adapter for iPhones, AirPods and more.