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Anker releases a new version of its Nano 20W to match the iPhone 12's new colorway

The Nano 20W in its new color. (Source: Anker)
The Nano 20W in its new color. (Source: Anker)
Apple seeks to maintain interest in its iPhone 12 and 12 Mini by adding a new color for the two flagship variants: purple. Now, the accessory OEM Anker has released new units of its PowerPort III Nano 20W (or Nano 20W) in a matching color. The power brick is 50% smaller than the first-party adapter for the iPhones that now ship without them.

Apple introduced new and M1-powered iMacs and iPad Pros at its latest "Spring-Loaded" special event. It also updated the TV 4K and even its credit card. However, more mobile hardware did not get a look in during the show - unless you count the announcement of a new, pastel-purple shade for the iPhone 12 and its Mini variant.

These new units have an equal chance of shipping with a power brick as those already on the market, which is to say none. This might leave some customers in the lurch, as they might lack a charger that can deliver the 12 series' new, USB Power Delivery- (USB-PD) conferred maximal 20 watt (W) rate (compared to 18W in their predecessors).

However, Anker might be able to match their requirements - and perfectly, too, thanks to a PowerPort III Nano 20W brick that has been refreshed so as to match the "new" iPhones. The OEM claims that it is also half the size of Apple's own 20W brick. 

Anker has only made the "new" Nano 20W available through Tmall in China thus far; hopefully, it is not exclusive to this market. It is priced at 99 yuan (~US$15), or 298 yuan (~$46) for a bundle with an equally purple USB to Lightning cable. Then again, the brick alone could be used with a range of compatible Android smartphones, not to mention devices such as the Nintendo Switch, wearables or tablets.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04-24 (Update: 2021-04-24)