Apple announced the latest version of iOS, which ship on the iPhone 12, and now that the software quirks are out in the open, the focus can turn back to the hardware. In an era of 65W high-speed charging, Apple’s lightning chargers may seem underwhelming. However, the company tried to catch up with the trends last year when it launched the iPhone 11 series with 18W charging support. So, this year the company will further improve the speed with support for 20W charging.
Meanwhile, the latest feature to leak is Apple’s apparent decision to upgrade the charger included with at least some of the iPhone 12 models to be a 20W adapter. The new power adapter was photographed by twitter user Mr-white, who’s known for sharing details of Apple’s hardware both old and new.
In a couple of tweets we get to see the new USB-C power adapter in a transparent casing, but also in the classic Apple white finish with a clear “20W” printed on it alongside the Apple logo. The tweet simply says that “new iPhone 12 will be equipped with a 20W power adapter.” There is no more details beyond a series of photographs, and no information about whether the adapter will ship with all “iPhone 12 model, or just the Pro ones. However, the iPhone 11 came with a 5W charger, but Apple decided to upgrade the iPhone 11 Pro to an 18W USB-C charger. It seems likely the same split could happen for the iPhone 12, which is expected to be offered as four different models.
The next iPhone is likely launching in October (although there is talk that the date may be postponed this year) and there’s thought to be a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch Pro and Max models, and a 6.7-inch Pro Max model. The entire lineup is also supposed to be Apple’s first dive into 5G networks with its phones.
Besides, Apple may not include earpods with the iPhone 12, so the cost-saving from doing that could warrant a 20W charger in the box for even the cheapest 5.4-inch model. However, the earpods saving could just as easily be helping to pay for some novel new feature, or just a way to force you into buying a pair of Airpods.