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Apple may release a new 30W power adapter with a new form factor design in 2022, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a tweet today.

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Kuo said the power adapter will utilize gallium nitride or "GaN" technology, which allows for smaller, lighter, and more power efficient chargers than silicon-based chargers. The new 30W adapter would likely be a smaller and lighter version of Apple's existing 30W USB-C power adapter that is included with the latest MacBook Air.

Apple released its first GaN power adapter last year in the form of its 140W USB-C power adapter for the redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro.


Many third-party brands like Anker and Belkin have introduced GaN-based chargers over the last few years for use with Apple products.

Apple will be a hosting its "Peek Performance" event tomorrow at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, with rumored announcements including a new iPhone SE, a new iPad Air, and potentially a so-called "Mac Studio" desktop computer that can be paired with a new Apple external display. A new green color option for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini has also been rumored.

Article Link: Kuo: Apple Planning Smaller 30W Power Adapter With New Design
 
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polyphenol

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Looks like they would have fun producing a UK 13-amp plug version of that!

(I know various adaptor designs are available top do that. But it gets silly when the adaptor is getting to be close in size to the charger.)
 

JPack

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My guess is it’ll be as small as Apple’s old 12W charger. That was a pretty good compromise between size and charging power.
 

guzhogi

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While I like smaller power bricks, I have two issues: they'll be easier to lose. Also, I like how the MagSafe & USB-A iPad chargers were able to use either the short 2-prong electrical plugs, or switch those out for the long 3-prong electrical plugs. Sometimes, the 2-prong plugs are too short while at other times, the 3-prong ones are too long. Nice to have the option of long or short. Also miss the flip-up latches so you can wrap up your cord when not using it so it doesn't become a tangled rat's nest.Maybe Apple can make retractable 2-3m cables?
 

JPack

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This 30W adapter probably links up with the launch of Apple’s AR goggles. Remember that has similar computing power as M1 Pro.

There’s a reason why we’re not hearing rumors of GaN on the 96W or 67W adapters.
 
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Le0M

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What about recyclability of these chargers?
Is Apple still moving toward a 100% recyclability and recycled components?
 

ian87w

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Apple, if you are so environmentally conscious, please make a charger that have two or more ports. That way your own users can use a single charger to charge multiple devices, instead of buying additional chargers.
 

guzhogi

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Apple, if you are so environmentally conscious, please make a charger that have two or more ports. That way your own users can use a single charger to charge multiple devices, instead of buying additional chargers.
That would be useful, as long as they make it clear how much charge each port can use. I hate how marketing (not specific to Apple) could be "Up to 100w!" but means 2 x 50w ports rather than 1 x 100w port.
 
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