These new tweaks bring Apple’s MagSafe charge animation to jailbroken devices

One of the things that makes the brand new and upcoming iPhone 12 & 12 Pro lineup unique is the addition of support for MagSafe accessories. Apple touts MagSafe for iPhone as a larger version of the Apple Watch charger that attaches magnetically to the rear of the handset and charges the device at up to twice the speed of any Qi-enabled wireless charger. As you might come to expect, MagSafe even includes a charging animation unique to itself, as shown above.

It wasn’t long after the introduction of MagSafe that avid jailbreakers began asking whether it’d be possible to have a similar charging animation on their existing pwned devices… and the short answer would be yes. The longer answer is yes, and that a duo of new and free jailbreak tweaks dubbed Lock Screen Battery – MagSafe by Tomasz Poliszuk and MagSafe by iOS developers Ethan Whited and MTAC are already available and make this possible for various devices.

For what it’s worth, the Lock Screen Battery – MagSafe tweak was released first, followed shortly after by MagSafe, but there’s more to the story that jailbreakers will be particularly interested in. First and foremost, Lock Screen Battery – MagSafe is only compatible with jailbroken iOS 14.1 devices, as it enables Apple’s existing assets for other means of charging. The MagSafe tweak, on the other hand, supports pwned iOS 12 & 13 devices too, albeit it’s more custom by design.

Given the additional device and firmware compatibilities offered by MagSafe, we figure our readers will be more interested in this option, and so this piece will spend more time covering MagSafe than the iOS 14.1-only alternative.

Once installed, MagSafe adds a dedicated preference pane to the Settings app where users can toggle the tweak on or off on demand and choose whether the MagSafe interface always looks green or whether it matches the Low Power Mode color scheme when Low Power Mode is turned on:

Those interested in trying the new MagSafe tweak may download it for free from MTAC’s repository via their favorite package manager. Alternatively, Lock Screen Battery – MagSafe is open source on the developer’s GitHub page and can be downloaded for free from the BigBoss repository.

Which one you prefer will depend on what version of jailbroken iOS you’re running, and since iOS 14.1 hasn’t yet been released to the general public, we can safely assume that MagSafe will be the more popular option, at least for the time being.

If you’re not already using MTAC’s repository, then you can add it to your package manager of choice with the following URL:

Do you have any intention of replacing your iPhone’s existing charge animation with the new MagSafe one? Share in the comments section below.