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Rumor | Apple's next iPhone charger will come with wattage and port-count upgrades

Is this really Apple's next Power Adapter? (Source: WHYLAB via Weibo)
Is this really Apple's next Power Adapter? (Source: WHYLAB via Weibo)
A well-known leaker claims to have come across new first-party iPhone accessories prior to its launch on the market. The new optional purchases do look more or less like genuine Apple-brand products in their appearance and packaging; however, they are quite different from more verifiable counterparts in that they have a higher power-delivery spec and more ports than usual.

Apple has decided to get "lighter on the planet" with an iPhone 13 series that once again ships without a power brick in the box, despite the fact that some of these devices are rated to charge faster than their predecessors. These decisions may prove more than a little bit awkward should a consumer be inclined to load their baskets down with an additional order for the Cupertino giant's next power accessory.

Currently, the latest typically sleek, all-white charger marketed by Apple to iPhone users is rated for up to 20W of power delivery. Its upcoming successor, however, is said to upgrade to 35W. This might seem high, even for a 13 Pro Max; however, this new spec may be divided between 2 ports in this new charger.

This is unusual enough for Apple, although its design, not to mention that of its alleged retail packaging, does match that of the current 20W model closely - except for the dual type-C ports, of course. They are shown in a horizontal orientation, as opposed to many chargers from other OEMs. Therefore, a user could charge their new iPhone, as well as a peripheral such as an Apple Watch or AirPods, at full speed simultaneously.

The rumored Apple-brand answer to these products is thus now allegedly dubbed the "35W USB-C+C Power Adapter", as the latest model is the 20W USB-C Power Adapter. The leaker WHYLAB has posted photos to this effect, purporting to show that the new and ground-breaking (for Apple) accessory apparently comes in variants for use in several regions, continental Europe, North America and the UK/Republic of Ireland included.

On that note, the socket connectors are fold-away in the latter 2 cases, as they are in many 'real' Apple power bricks. According to WHYLAB, their next-gen version will come as a standalone product, or in a pack as an optional complete charging kit.

It is on that point that the new leak falls down, however. The alleged pack is specifically aimed at the iPhone 13 Pro Max, and is thus depicted as bearing English-language text nearly identical to analogs sold as corresponding official packs for the 12 Pro Max. However, on closer inspection, it claims to contain a "USB-C+C to Lighning Cable".

It is possible that someone such as WHYLAB themselves has edited the photos with this manual superimposition to cover up and translate for original Chinese-language text. Then again, as it is even less likely that Apple would ship anything with that level of inconsistency, the detail brings this new first-party charger tip into serious question.

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The "new Apple Power Adapter" leak has a subtle, yet potentially significant, flaw. (Source: WHYLAB via Weibo)
The "new Apple Power Adapter" leak has a subtle, yet potentially significant, flaw. (Source: WHYLAB via Weibo)
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I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-04-23 (Update: 2022-04-23)