Apple's 20W charger, smaller 'iPhone 12' batteries found in filings

Apple’s 20-watt charger has surfaced in new regulatory filings, though no charger can be included with the iPhone 12, while the battery capacities of the 2020 iPhones may tend to be smaller than those of 2019.

Apple is rumored to be working on a 20W USB-C charger which would be a major upgrade from the standard 5W version included with the iPhone 11 and earlier models. While there is some debate over whether or not Apple will include a charger with its updated iPhone line-up, the existence of the 20W charger itself is slowly being proven by regulatory filings from Denmark, South Korea and China.

The documents discovered by MySmartPrice refer to a new charger produced by Flextronics Power described as a “USB-C power adapter” and bearing the model number A2244. This model number is different from the A2305 and A2247 models which were discovered at the end of June via regulators in Norway and Australia, but we do not know what can be different, apart from the pins necessary to connect to a power outlet .

Excluding the charger from the “iPhone 12” box can be done by Apple for a number of reasons, including reducing the overall cost of the package, reducing the amount of packaging required for iPhone sales, and the fact that many customers will also have a large number of USB chargers or charging points in their homes.

In the same report, the battery capacities of the generation “iPhone 12” could be reduced compared to what has been observed in the iPhone 11 range, at least for some models. Based on data from regulatory files, the batteries used in the 2020 range could have capacities of 2227 mAh, 2775 mAh and 3687 mAh, depending on the size.

In theory, this is largely a reduction in capacity compared to the 2019 versions, the iPhone 11 having a unit of 3110 mAh and the iPhone 11 Pro using a version of 3190 mAh. There is however an upgrade, because the 3,687 mAh component is more powerful than the 3,500 mAh version used in the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Although smaller, it is still plausible that the “iPhone 12” models have an autonomy comparable to that of the iPhone 11. Apple generally introduces various energy saving measures as part of its annual refresh, which help extend the life of the battery later in the day.

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