See that white brick? It delivers a measly 30W of power to a single device, but Apple charges $50 for it. Please don’t buy one because now we have solid evidence that Apple is about to replace it with something much, much better – a 35W charger with of them ports, likely powered by gallium nitride (GaN) technology which could also make it smaller.
It’s the word of 9to5Mac, who got this particular piece of information from by far the most reliable source of Apple leaks: Apple’s own website. Apparently, the company accidentally launched a live support document for an “Apple 35W Dual-Port USB-C Power Adapter”, and 9to5 managed to take a screenshot before it was pulled.
This is likely the “about 30W” GaN charger that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted about last month, which he says will have “a new form factor design” and will arrive in 2022.
You can fast charge an iPhone 13 Pro Max and an Apple Watch at the same time with this power level, or a MacBook Air M1 and a watch, or an iPad and an Apple Watch, or a pair of iPhones, or an iPad Pro and an iPhone at a slower rate, or… it’s USB-C, so there’s a lot of possibilities.
It wouldn’t be Apple’s first GaN charger – it would be the 140W power adapter that ships with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. But unless I’m mistaken, this would be the first dual-port charger ever made by Apple and certainly the first with USB-C.
In fact, there’s a dual USB-C-shaped hole apparently waiting for it in the Apple Store. Apple offers Belkin chargers with a single USB-C port and a 32W charger with both USB-C and USB-A ports, but not Belkin’s dual USB-C charger – and it’s the first Apple’s accessory partner we’re talking about. You can obviously find a number of dual-port USB-C chargers outside the Apple Store, many with higher speeds.
Note that this device would offer 35W in total, not 35W per port. 9to5Mac indicates that the supporting documentation indicates that each port can operate in one of four modes: either 5 VDC/3 A, 9 VDC/3 A, 15 VDC/2.33 A, or 20 VDC/1.75 A. This should easily allow two devices to charge at 15W or one at 27W and one at 5W, but we’ll have to see what device combinations might work.
The support document does not suggest when the charger may arrive but indicates that a USB-C cable will not be included.