Wednesday, January 20

Now that it does not give any more, Apple would like to improve its chargers

Since the launch of its iPhone 12, Apple no longer provides a charger with its smartphones. The firm nevertheless continues to sell it separately on its site … and would count on offering new models that are smaller and lighter, but also more energy efficient.

This iPhone could soon be recharged by a gallium nitride charger ... more efficient, but sold separately

This iPhone could soon be recharged by a gallium nitride charger … more efficient, but sold separately // Gamesdone: Andreas Haslinger, Unsplash

Based on information from the business media DigiTimes, Apple is considering launching the production of new chargers for its iPhones. Destined to be sold separately, the latter would use gallium nitride (GaN) to be more energy efficient, but also more compact, lighter and less prone to heating – like what some props already offer third.

In this case, Navitas Semiconductor is said to be on the verge of receiving orders from Apple for these new chargers, which would go on sale later in 2021. Based in Ireland and specializing in the design of chargers for GaN, this company has recently supplied Dell computer chargers. It also provides wall charging solutions (ranging from 24 to 300 W) to Aukey, Lenovo or even Xiaomi, specifies Apple Insider.

Towards a new Type-C charger at Apple?

As it stands, the information relayed by DigiTimes seems to correspond to the predictions of Ming Chi Kuo, who recently estimated that Apple would launch “two to three” new chargers in 2021, all made using GaN. Neither DigiTimes nor the TF Securities analyst, however, are able to tell us what the precise launch window for these new accessories would be.

For iPhones, Apple now sells a single 20-watt USB-C charger separately on its official website. Offered at 25 euros in France, the latter was until now supplied with the iPad. It is now also used as a paid solution for users who do not have other chargers available at home. Since the launch of its iPhone 12, Apple has in fact no longer included any charger in the box of its new smartphones, with the ecological impact of the inclusion of a new charger with each new phone at scale. overall.

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