What you need to know
- Apple has announced two new USB-C chargers for iPhones and other devices.
- Apple says the new 35W charger can power a MacBook Air.
- Neither of the new chargers are available yet, but are marked as "Coming Soon."
It's been a big day for Apple with the company announcing a raft of new software updates and two new Macs, but sometimes it's the stealth releases that are the most interesting. Now, Apple has announced not one but two multi-part USB-C chargers.
We previously saw rumors that Apple was ready to ship its own two-port USB-C charger and now it has stealth-dropped two of them. They're both rated for 35W and have two USB-C ports, although one is a "compact" design with foldable pins.
Both of the new chargers can be used to power an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and AirPods while the MacBook Air is also good to go, too. The addition of an extra port could make both of these the best iPhone chargers Apple sells, although the $59 asking price might be enough to put some off.
The new 35W Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter is on Apple's website now (opens in new tab) but can't be ordered just yet, while the 35W Dual USB-C Port Compact Power Adapter is similarly unavailable (opens in new tab) right now. Apple has both products marked as "Coming Soon" a the time of writing, although it doesn't go into detail as to what that means in terms of expected timescales.
Note that neither new charger comes with a cable, so you'll need one of your own.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
I need to know more than this. With two USB C ports and a 35W capability, what does that mean? 35W each? or the usual split if both ports are used? What splits are supported, if so? 10 and 25W? 15 and 20? What does it actually do?
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