Apple could soon release a new rendition of its USB-C wall adapter with a substantial improvement. A support document shortly published to Apple’s website and seen by 9to5Mac indicates that the company is performing on a new 35W Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter…
It’s unclear when Apple intends to release this accessory, and it’s also feasible that it has been scrapped altogether. The support document, however, makes it evident that the addition does live:
Utilize the Apple 35W Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter and a USB-C cable (not included) to set your device. First, link a USB-C line to either port on the power adapter, augment the electrical prongs (if required), then plug the power adapter firmly into the power outlet. Assure the power outlet to get readily accessible for disconnecting. Next, link the other end of the cord to your device.
The document was removed fast after being published. However, it would keep the first time Apple released a dual USB-C charger. The 35W of power would be sufficient to charge multiple iPhones, an iPhone, an Apple Watch, or a handful of other combinations of accessories.
For instance, the iPhone 13 Pro Max can fast-charge at speeds as high as 27W. It would mean the dual USB-C wall adapter could fast charge an iPhone 13 Pro Max and charge another accessory such as Apple Watch. Apple Watch Series 7 is also capable of fast charging with any USB-C wall plug that provides 5W of power.
The accessory would also support USB-C Power Delivery technology, according to the document:
- Input: 100–240V /1.0A
- (USB PD) Output 1 or 2: 5VDC/3A or 9VDC/3A or 15VDC/2.33A or 20VDC/1.75A
Again, it’s unclear when (or if) Apple plans to release this accessory. However, we’ve heard that Apple is looking to expand its lineup of power adapters, particularly with GaN technology inside. So this 35W Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter could be Apple’s first standalone GaN charger when it launches, although Apple doesn’t mention GaN technology in the support document.
For instance, Digitimes reported that Apple was developing new GaN (gallium nitride) chargers with USB-C connectivity last year. However, various companies make GaN chargers smaller and faster than the USB-C chargers Apple includes with its MacBook lineup and sells separately for its iPhones.
Adopting GaN technology could help Apple streamline its charging lineup and make it more versatile with dual-port designs, faster performance, and more. GaN chargers are typically smaller than non-GaN chargers as well.
Another possibility is that Apple could release this new Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter in tandem with an updated version of the MagSafe Duo. The MagSafe Duo allows you to charge an iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously, but the Apple Watch is set at slower speeds than if you were to use a dedicated fast charger.
As you might expect, Apple notes in the support document that USB-C cables are not included with this Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter, so you’d have to provide your own.