Buyers of the fourth-generation iPad will be able to charge their new tablets even faster. Apple has confirmed to 9to5Mac that the 12W USB charger included with the new tablet will draw more power to charge the battery faster.
But when the site contacted Apple, a representative didn’t have exact figures:
“We don’t have an exact percentage of how much faster it would charge but you should see an increase in speed.”
When the third-generation iPad was released just seven months ago, the battery size and capacity dramatically increased from the iPad 2. Both tablets with the Retina display have an 11,666 mAh (42Wh) cell.
And with the older 10W USB charger, it sometimes took quite a while for the iPad go from empty to fully charged. There were a few times, even after leaving my tablet to charge overnight, it still wasn’t at 100 percent in the morning.
While some believed that it might take a software update for the new charger to work with older devices, that doesn’t seem to be the case. On the product page at Apple’s site, the charger is listed as compatible with the iPad 2 and third-generation tablet.
If you’re not purchasing the new(er) iPad, you can still grab the adapter for $19.99 from Apple. The site is quoting shipping times of 1-3 days.