Apple could use GaN technology in new 65W fast charger for 2020

Apple could use GaN technology in new 65W fast charger for 2020


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Gallium nitride technology allows these chargers to be much smaller than more traditional alternatives.
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Apple could be planning to adopt gallium nitride (GaN) technology to deliver more compact charging adapters for its devices. A new rumor claims the company is working on a brand-new 65W model that will arrive in 2020.

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A whole host of brands are already using GaN to provide us with smaller, faster, more lightweight charging accessories. Griffin, Aukey, and others unveiled their first GaN devices at CES in Las Vegas last month.

Of course, you can already use these accessories with your Apple devices. But Apple could start shipping GaN chargers of its own later this year.

Smaller, faster Apple chargers coming this year?

IT Home reports that Apple is one of a number of companies planning to adopt GaN technology in 2020. Its first GaN device is claimed to be a 65W fast charger that will use USB-C to top up MacBooks, iPads, and more.

Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, and Oppo are also thought to be working on GaN chargers of their own.

What makes GaN chargers special is that they require fewer components than traditional, silicon-based charging adapters. This allows them to be up to half the size of previous options, and to deliver a faster charge.

For instance, Choetech’s new 61W charger, available from Amazon today for just $29.99 when you apply the $5 discount coupon, is around half the size of Apple’s current 61W charger for MacBooks.

One charger to rule them all

The report also notes that GaN chargers have the ability to automatically adjust their power output depending on the device they’re connected to. So, you could safely use one charger for all your Apple devices, from iPhone to Mac.

Via: MacRumors