Apple Accidentally Leaks Massive Upgrade For iPads, iPhones


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04/11 Update below. This post was originally published on April 9

iPhone 14 leaks have already revealed some of the new smartphones’ best features and biggest concerns. But now Apple has accidentally leaked a long-awaited upgrade millions of iPhone and iPad users are going to want.

Spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple accidentally published a new support document on its website for an upcoming dual USB-C charger that will enable an iPhone or iPad to fast charge while also charging an additional accessory, such as an Apple Watch.

04/11 Update: acclaimed analyst and industry insider, Ming-Chi Kuo added more detail to the launch of this new charger. Kuo states that the new charger’s components are “nearing mass production” and Apple expects to ship up to 3M units in 2022. Given iPhones no longer come with chargers, that is a sizable number and — considering it won’t come cheap — suggests there will be a compelling reason (faster charging? *cough*) for Apple fans to flock to it in droves.

Kuo previously teased the charger’s arrival in March, where he also confirmed it would use GaN technology. GaN (Gallium nitride) chargers offer higher efficiency and higher power density than traditional chargers. This enables them to offer faster charging in much more compact sizes. Apple has already introduced its first GaN charger, the 120W powerhouse for its new MacBook Pro. So a sea change is coming, and the iPhone looks set to be involved.

“Use the Apple 35W Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter and a USB-C cable (not included) to charge your device,” wrote Apple in the support document. Apple also leaked the core specifications. The new charger will support four different charging modes: 5VDC/3A or 9VDC/3A or 15VDC/2.33A or 20VDC/1.75A with a total output of 35W.

This is a massive upgrade on anything Apple currently offers in this segment. As it stands, the only similar options are bulky 30W and 45W chargers with a single USB-C port. Expect the leaked charger to be substantially smaller too with hyper-efficient GaN charging hotly tipped.