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Apr 12, 2001

With the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models no longer shipping with a power adapter, Apple has started selling the 20W USB-C power adapter that was first introduced with the iPad Air on a standalone basis for $19.


The 20W power adapter is included in the box with the iPad Air, but those who want one for use with the new iPhone models will need to shell out $19.

All of the new iPhone 12 models and older iPhone models ship only with a USB-C to Lightning cable, with customers expected to provide their own power adapters. Most people likely have several USB-C power adapters on hand from past device purchases, but this will be an inconvenience for those who have few power adapters available already.

Apple's selling price for the new 20W USB-C power adapter is cheaper than the older 18W USB-C model that used to be available for $29.

According to Apple, the power adapter and EarPods were removed from the iPhone boxes to reduce the company's environmental impact, but rumors have also suggested that this transition helps to save a few dollars to offset the cost of the more expensive 5G modems included in the new devices.

Article Link: Apple Now Selling 20W USB-C Power Adapter for $19


macrumors 68040
Sep 15, 2012
What about EarPods. Are they discounted from where they were before?
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macrumors 603
May 14, 2012
All my usb devices and cables use the old usb connector. So I don’t get a lot of use of my usb c charger except for the iPhone. Need an adaptor changer so I can charge my watch and other devices on the C adaptor.


macrumors 68000
Jan 13, 2008
" According to Apple, the power adapter and EarPods were removed from the ‌iPhone‌ boxes to reduce the company's environmental impact, "

Impact is impact. It doesn't matter if Apple included it or not due to environmental impact...the fact that I now need to acquire a new one, that comes in a box full of paper and plastic and is manufactured somewhere on this planet is STILL IMPACT.

Honestly, I wouldn't pay for one if I opted to buy a new iPhone...I would make them give me one for free. Seriously, this is ridiculous.


macrumors 68040
Jul 6, 2007
20W is a weird number, I wonder what the specs are. Usually chargers are 5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, etc @ 2-3 A so coming up with 20W is bit odd. Maybe 9V @ 2.2 A?
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