Apple may switch its chargers over to more power efficient GaN technology

RavPower 61W Gan Charger
RavPower 61W Gan Charger (Image credit: RAVPower)

What you need to know

  • Apple may update its chargers to GaN technology.
  • GaN chargers offer the same performance in a smaller package.

As reported by DigiTimes, Apple may be switching out its current chargers in favor of smaller, more energy-efficient GaN chargers.

According to the report, Navitas Semiconductor, one of the top three suppliers of GaN charging solutions, is expecting orders from Apple this year.

Ireland-based Navitas Semiconductor, US-based Power Integrations and China-based Innoscience are the global top-three suppliers of fast charging solutions based on GaN-on-Si chips. Navitas are expected to obtain orders from Apple and other vendors in 2021, with TSMC to supply GaN-on-Si chips, industry sources noted.

Apple's current chargers have been on the market for years now and GaN chargers, which utilize gallium nitride technology, have become a popular replacement as they are more heat efficient that allows for faster charging speeds despite the charger itself being quite smaller.

Aukey Omnia Gan Chargers

Aukey Omnia Gan Chargers (Image credit: AUKEY)

A number of third-party accessory companies such as Anker and Aukey have already started offering GaN wall chargers to customers. In their messaging, the companies point out that their GaN chargers are just as fast and powerful as Apple's own iPhone, iPad, or MacBook chargers but are a fraction of the size, making them even more portable for travel.

The switch to GaN chargers for Apple would also mean less materials, something that the company, which is focused on its environmental impact, would see as a big benefit. In another environmental move, the company has already removed the charging brick from the box of the iPhone and Apple Watch, but still includes it with its iPads and MacBooks.

Many have been hoping for GaN to make its big splash as the future of charging accessories and, if Apple hops on board, it should solidify the technology as the new standard.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.