This year, Apple could release a new gallium nitride (GaN) charger for iPhones and iPads. GaN chargers are more power-efficient than traditional silicon-based chargers and have grown in popularity in recent years. The new technology allows the chargers to deliver the same amount of power as their conventional counterparts but with much lower heat production, which allows for a more compact form factor.

Apple jumped onto the GaN bandwagon somewhat late in the day and currently has just one GaN charger in its portfolio. The company’s first — and until now, only — GaN charger is the 140W charging brick bundled with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro released late last year. However, if the latest report is anything to go by, it will no longer be the only GaN charger from Apple.

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According to TF International Securities analyst and noted Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will likely launch a 30W GaN charger later this year. According to Kuo, the power brick will have a new form factor, which will separate it from the current iPhone chargers in Apple’s lineup. While Kuo doesn’t say as much, the “new” form-factor very likely denotes a smaller and more compact size, which GaN chargers are known for. There’s no more information on the device for now, but there will likely be more leaks about it going forward.

GaN Chargers Are Becoming More Popular

A 30W GaN charger will almost definitely be aimed at iPhone users, but it would also be a suitable candidate to juice up the MacBook Air, which comes with a traditional 30W charger. While Apple doesn’t officially declare charging speeds for its iPhones, its latest flagship, the iPhone 13 Pro Max, reportedly offers maximum speeds of up to 27W with the right brick. On the other hand, the iPhone 12 series’s charging speeds were reportedly capped at 22W. It is also worth noting that a couple of years ago, Apple was rumored to be working on a 65W GaN charger, but that product never made it to the market.

GaN chargers have started becoming increasingly common in recent years, with many accessory makers, such as Belkin, Anker, Satechi and others, offering such products. However, while it is a welcome move for Apple to embrace the new technology, 30W is still relatively unimpressive in the larger scheme of things. For example, the Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with 45W fast charging, while many Android vendors are working on 100+ Watt charging speeds. So it will be interesting to see if Apple will improve on the charging specs of the iPhone 14-series to get it on par with its Android counterparts.