If you have been in the market for a new USB Type-C power adapter and planned on picking one up from Apple, be aware of a slight change.
In the shadow of the WWDC 2018 keynote, the Apple Store received a minor update of stock. Specifically, Apple is now offering a 30W USB-C power adapter in its online store. For those keeping track, that’s a slight uptick from the traditional 29W power adapter that was being offered up until today. Apple didn’t actually say anything about this change, nor gave any real indication as to why it made the change.
It still retails for the same $49.00. The fastest shipping sees the power adapter arrive in one day. It appears it will arrive in physical Apple Stores beginning Thursday, June 7.
Worth noting here is that while this is designed for the MacBook laptop, it does work to charge iPhone models. And if you connect an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or an iPhone X you can take advantage of those handsets’ fast-charge feature.
“The Apple 30W USB‑C Power Adapter offers fast, efficient charging at home, in the office, or on the go. While the power adapter is compatible with any USB‑C–enabled device, Apple recommends pairing it with the 12-inch MacBook for optimal charging performance. You can also pair it with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, or select iPad Pro models to take advantage of the fast-charging feature. USB‑C to Lightning Cable sold separately.”
Also worth reiterating here is that last line of text: The USB-C to Lightning cable, what you would actually need to connect a device to the power adapter, is sold separately.