Apple 13 Oct
Apple at its iPhone 12 event revived MagSafe charging that it once discontinued in 2016. The MagSafe magnetic charging cable was first introduced in conjunction with the MacBook Pro back in 2006 but later on, it was phased out of its laptop line in 2016. Apple is now, however, bringing this charger back to life especially for its new iPhone 12 lineup and probably for the upcoming successors as well.
MagSafe for iPhone 12 offers wireless charging with the help of a magnetic disc that can just stick to the back of the iPhone whenever you want to charge it. The newest iPhone line features magnets in their newly introduced rear casing.
So, MagSafe charging cable just snaps onto the back of the iPhone for a hassle-free wireless charging solution.
Apple touts that this way it is enabling a whole new ecosystem for MagSafe where the brand’s other accessories can take advantage of. MagSafe brand also introduces a range of new accessories for the new iPhone 12 models.
There are new MagSafe cases that have magnets to snap on and off. You can also use other MagSafe accessories on top of these cases. One more accessory is the MagSafe Wallet that can not only snap on directly to your iPhone but also on the MagSafe cases.
At the event, Apple also briefly showed MagSafe Duo Charger that can charge the Apple Watch and iPhone at the same time. No, it is not like Apple’s own ambitious and now canceled AirPower wireless charging pad. As the name implies, the “Duo” charger by MagSafe offers two pads to let you charge iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time. This charger has a compact design and it folds up easily when you travel. The new MagSafe chargers are Qi standard compliant and deliver up to 15W, so will work with other Qi devices regardless of magnetic alignment.
Apple also announced that Belkin is already working on a couple of new accessories – a car mount and a multi-charger dock. Clearly, Apple iPhone 12’s rear casings are unlocking new opportunities for the accessory makers.
The new MagSafe cases for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro series are offered in silicon, clear case, and leather. But only the first two cases are available on Apple.com. The silicon cases are offered in Kumquat (orange color), Plum, and Cyprus Green colors. All of them are priced at $49. The MagSafe charger for the iPhone 12/12 Pro series is priced at $39, the iPhone leather wallet with MagSafe comes in Saddle Brown color for $59.
The MagSafe charger will be available starting October 16. The price of the MagSafe Duo accessory is not announced yet. Leather cases will go on sale from November 6 but their prices are unknown. The silicon and clear cases will be available starting October 16. The snap-on leather wallet will also be available on the same date. The leather sleeve will come somewhere in the future.