It’s been a while since Apple stopped shipping a 5W USB charger with its products. But despite everything, the accessory remained available in stores for those who still wanted it. However, ahead of the iPhone 14 launch next month, it looks like Apple is ready to discontinue its 5W USB power adapter as it has now sold out in several countries.
Apple’s 5W power adapter will disappear
As first noted by MacOtaraka (Going through MacRumors), Apple’s 5W USB Power Adapter is no longer available in many Apple Stores worldwide.
Apple’s website lists the accessory as “sold out” in countries including Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, China, and Japan. Meanwhile, the 5W charger is still available in the US, Canada, Brazil, UK and a few other countries.
The classic 5W USB adapter was included with virtually all iPhone models up to iPhone 11. The same accessory was also included with Apple Watch models up to Apple Watch Series 6. In 2020, Apple has announced that it would no longer ship the iPhone and Apple Watch with a power adapter in the box as one of its measures to reduce e-waste.
Here’s how Apple describes its 5W USB power adapter:
Featuring an ultra-compact design, this power adapter offers fast and efficient charging at home, in the office or on the go. It works with any model of iPhone, iPad mini or iPod.
Also in 2020, the company introduced a new 20W USB-C adapter that can fast charge iPhone, Apple Watch and also iPad. Apple’s 20W USB adapter is also used by the HomePod and works with the MagSafe charger. Apple currently sells it for $19, the same price as the 5W charger.
There’s no sign that Apple’s 5W power adapter will ever return to stores, so it’s probably only a matter of time before the adapter disappears from more countries.
Be sure to check out Amazon for the best deals on power adapters compatible with Apple devices.
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