Looks like the iPhone 6 charger is getting a redesign

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For years now, the tiny 5-watt charger that has shipped with the iPhone has gone more or less unchanged. But according to a new report out of China, this fall, Apple will ship a new, squatter charger with the release of the iPhone 6.

Like an iPhone charger on junk food, leaked pics show that the new charger will no longer be a perfectly round square, but instead longer than it is tall, with indentations on each side to make it easier to push or pull out of a wall.

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As some commenters have already noticed, this new charger looks a lot like the Australian iPhone charger, except with U.S. prongs instead of an Australian configuration.

There’s no proof that these shots are legitimate, but if they are, it raises questions as to why Apple is changing the design after all this time. My guess is that having a more rectangular shape would allow an iPhone charger to more easily fit into crowded electrical sockets or powerstrips, but that’s only supposition. Anyone out there got any better theories?

  • Rock

    My guess will be to fit “bigger” components that will ensure a faster charging time (since we are all expecting a bigger battery!).

  • Shayne Cole

    Rock’s got it; they’re just moving the 2A block charger to this slightly more compact and easier to handle form factor. Done.

  • Damon

    Probably to accommodate faster charging. Another theory: they’re making a double-sided USB plug?

  • SgtFire

    I also agree with Rock. Larger components necessitates a larger capacity charger. Do like the little intentions on the side, nice touch IMO.

  • Dave

    It is simply because they don’t want to make two versions they can just make all chargers Australian style and change the prongs. Afterall the iPad charger is still the same size and it can put out a lot more power than the iPhone charger.

    • Jack

      The UK charger wouldn’t work for that as all UK outlets MUST have a grounding pin. The european charger would.

  • Chrome

    So you have to buy a charging brick for every country you visit rather than just the snapin you need?

  • Dan

    I wanna see an article that says “New iphone adapter make perfect sence”

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