Update 04/12 below. This post was originally published on April 9
iPhone 14 leaks have already revealed some of the best new smartphone features and their biggest fears. But now Apple has accidentally leaked a long-awaited upgrade that millions of iPhone and iPad users will want.
Spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple has posted a new support document on its website for an upcoming dual USB-C charger that will enable your iPhone or iPad to quickly charge while charging an additional accessory, such as the Apple Watch.
Update 04/11: Popular analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has added more details for the launch of this new charger. ko States That the components of the new charger are “close to mass production” and Apple expects to ship up to 3 million units in 2022. Since iPhones no longer come with chargers, this is a large number – since it won’t be cheap – suggests there will be a compelling reason (Faster charging? *cough*) Apple fans are flocking to it in droves.
Kuo was already annoyed when the charger arrived in March, where he also confirmed that it will use GaN technology. GaN (gallium nitride) chargers offer higher efficiency and higher power density than conventional chargers. This enables them to offer faster shipping at more compact volumes. Apple has already introduced its first GaN charger, a 120W motor for the new MacBook Pro. So sea change is coming, and it looks like the iPhone is ready to be shared.
04/12 Update: Pictures of Apple’s new dual USB-C charger have now been leaked with permission from accessory specialist Charger Lab And they show an eye-catching design. As Charger Lab notes: “It uses foldable prongs, and unlike other chargers, there are two USB-C ports side by side.”
The Charger Lab is right, as far as I know, this design is an industry first. Ports on USB-C chargers are usually oriented vertically which makes chord management sometimes more difficult, especially with thicker cables. The charger also has dimples on both sides to make it easier to grip – a rarity in this space. All in all, this is an Apple classic, coming late in the market but with a unique take.
On top of that, the 35W charger feels very compact – certainly more than the vast majority of dual USB-C GaN chargers – and is probably smaller than the Anker mini charger Nano Pro (Although that saves 40 watts). Compared to Apple’s stream 30W monsterIt’s on a completely different level.
All of this will directly focus attention on Apple’s plans to improve fast charging for iPhone and iPad. As detailed below, competing products now offer 2-5x higher wattage charging than iPhones. Yes, iPhone battery life has improved significantly in recent years (the iPhone 12 was a rare step back), but the ability to add 50% of a charge to an iPhone in 15-20 minutes (currently 30 minutes) will be a huge selling point for many users .
Expect this story to be up and running, especially since ChargerLAB states “We will provide more information on this charger shortly.”
“Use the Apple 35W Dual USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Cable (not included) to charge your device,” Apple wrote in the support document. Apple also leaked the basic specifications. The new charger will support four different charging modes: 5VDC/3A, 9VDC/3A, 15VDC/2.33A or 20VDC/1.75A with a total output of 35W.
This is a massive upgrade to anything Apple currently offers in this segment. As it stands, the only similar options are the massive 30W and 45W chargers with a single USB-C port. Expect the leaked charger to be a lot smaller as well with the highly efficient GaN charging that leans heavily.
Moreover, faster iPhone charging has been weighted for some time without being realized. So, with Android competitors now reaching 120W and delivering a full charge in less than 20 minutes, the arrival of this new dual charger may finally make Apple up its game as well.
I expect we will learn more soon. Apple confirmed to WWDC on June 10 that iOS 16 will be revealed, and the next generation of iOS beta code has a long history of leaking upcoming Apple devices.
Needless to say, faster charging won’t be enough on its own — especially in conjunction with the iPhone 14’s disappointing design, discrete performance, and increased prices. But for iPhone 14 Pro buyers, they may tip the scales, along with the massive new cameras.
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