Apple faces development hurdles with MagSafe battery pack accessory – Ars Technica2 min read

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/02/the-next-iphone-magsafe-accessory-could-be-a-magnetic-battery-pack/

Samuel Axon

Samuel Axon

The MagSafe charger connected to an iPhone 12.

Bloomberg has released yet another report sharing information of a planned Apple product launch. This time, the publications sources say Apple is working on a magnetically attached battery pack for iPhones– it would be the first Apple-designed iPhone battery pack that does not function as a case.
The device would utilize the MagSafe function presented with the iPhone 12 lineup in October. It would magnetically attach to the back of brand-new iPhones and most likely offer power wirelessly by means of the Qi standard that iPhones have actually embraced. According to Bloombergs sources, the very first models have a “white rubber outside.”
Apple has likewise currently delivered some MagSafe accessories for the iPhone, consisting of a charging cable that utilizes the magnets and other elements to efficiently line up the charging coils and produce faster charging speeds than were possible with previous iPhone models with non-MagSafe Qi charging ability.
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This is the present MagSafe battery charger, which is offered independently from the iPhone 12.

The MagSafe moniker was first utilized for Mac laptops that had a magnetic charging port. In that case, faster charging was not part of the pitch; instead, the goal was to minimize the threat of damage to the computer if its power cord was kicked or pulled. With MagSafe, the cable would gently pop out rather of moving the device itself.
Apple slowly culled MagSafe from its MacBook line of product over the previous few years, but rumors are distributing that the company prepares to reestablish it with new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air models due later this year.
When Apple might deliver this new iPhone MagSafe battery product, there is no sense as to. The report declares that Apple had intended to “release in the months following the iPhone 12 line” however that the item has been postponed due to struggles on the software application side of advancement.
Particularly, the software application has actually reported to testers that the battery pack is overheating even when it is not.
Apple is likely to take a careful or conservative approach when introducing new battery or charging items, considered that its once-announced AirPower charging mat never ever saw the light of day, and different device business (maybe most infamously Samsung) have faced widespread reports of fire or injury arising from faulty batteries and power systems.

Listing image by Samuel Axon

The device would utilize the MagSafe feature presented with the iPhone 12 lineup in October. It would magnetically connect to the back of new iPhones and presumably provide power wirelessly via the Qi standard that iPhones have adopted. The MagSafe moniker was first used for Mac laptops that had a magnetic charging port.

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