See this white brick? It puts out a measly 30W of power in a single device, but Apple charges $50 for it. Please don’t buy one because now we have hard evidence that Apple is about to replace it with something much, much better: a 35W charger with two ports, likely powered by gallium nitride (GaN) technology that could also make it smaller.
That’s the word of 9to5Mac, which obtained this particular piece of information from by far the most reliable source of Apple leaks: Apple’s own website. Apparently, the company accidentally released a live support document for an “Apple 35W Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter,” and 9to5 managed to take a screenshot before it was taken down.
This is probably the “around 30W” GaN charger The one that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted about last month, which he said would have “a new form factor design” and would arrive in 2022.
It can fast-charge an iPhone 13 Pro Max and an Apple Watch at the same time at that power level, or an M1 MacBook Air and a Watch, or an iPad and an Apple Watch, or a pair of iPhones, or an iPad Pro and a 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, that would be the 140W power adapter it shipped with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. But unless I’m wrong, it would be the first dual-port charger Apple has ever made, and certainly the first with USB-C.
In fact, there’s a dual USB-C shaped hole seemingly waiting for you at the Apple Store. Apple offers Belkin chargers that have a single USB-C port and a 32W charger with USB-C and USB-A portsbut no Belkin Dual USB-C Charger — and that’s Apple’s main accessory partner we’re talking about. However, you can obviously find quite a few dual-port USB-C chargers outside of the Apple Store, including many with higher speeds.
Note that this device would offer 35W total, not 35W per port. 9to5Mac says that the support document states that each port can operate in one of four modes: 5Vdc/3A, 9Vdc/3A, 15Vdc/2.33A, or 20Vdc/1.75 A. That should easily allow two devices to charge at 15W or one at 27W and one at 5W, but we’ll have to see what combinations of devices might work.
The support document does not suggest When the charger might arrive, but it says a USB-C cable won’t be included.