Apple is reportedly developing a new inductive charging mat that could wirelessly charge multiple devices at once. On top of that, Apple is researching new charging technologies.
Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has confirmed unbundling the requisite charger from its upcoming Mi 11 smartphone after it was openly mocking Apple on social media for doing precisely the same thing with the new iPhone 12 smartphone lineup.
Apple's cautioned customers in a new support document on its website that the soft covering of its MagSafe Duo charger might experience normal wear and show wrinkles over time.
Apple has now confirmed that its discontinued 29W USB-C power adapter is not compatible with the new MagSafe Duo charger.
One of the surprise announcements at the iPhone 12 event was the return of MagSafe, albeit under a different form and purpose. Now available as an entirely new line of products, MagSafe accessories take advantage of embedded magnets to make connecting your device to a case, charger, stand, etc, a breeze.
The first MagSafe accessory to be available was the MagSafe charger, a $39 charging solution consisting of a cable and a charging puck, similar in essence to the Apple Watch charger.
Accessory maker Satechi today unveiled two new products: a MagSafe-like wireless magnetic charger for the iPhone 12 models and the Magnetic Sticker, which enables support for the new Qi charger on the iPhone 11 models and iPhone 12 cases that are not MagSafe compatible.
With the introduction of the latest iPhone 12 family, Apple has officially stopped including a power brick and its EarPods earphones in iPhone boxes “as part of our efforts to reach our environmental goals”. But it appears as if the Cupertino giant might be required to include a power adapter with every iPhone sold in the Brazilian state of São Paulo.
Meet the KIKR S1, a wireless charger stand that lets you charge your iPhone and AirPods simultaneously that also doubles as a collapsible phone/tablet holder with adjustable height, angle and a whole lot of other cool features.
As the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max and HomePod mini went on sale earlier this morning, Apple's online store revealed that the MagSafe Duo charger and Apple's first-party leather sleeve for the latest phones are coming soon, priced at $129 each. The Cupertino technology giant previously stated that both accessories would be coming "at a later stage" so this change in wording might imply that a launch could be imminent.
Want to fast-charge your iPhone 12 with Apple's discontinued 18W power adapter that you previously used for fast-changing your older iPhone? Not so fast — that 18W charger that came in the box with your iPhone 11/iPad Pro won't fast-charge the latest iPhone 12 lineup. For that, you'll need Apple's new 20W charger which must be purchased separately for $19 a pop.
If you want to charge your iPhone 12 full speed via Apple's new MagSafe wireless charger, you'll need to run out and buy the company's new 20-watt USB-C charger because higher-wattage Apple chargers and third-party options currently don’t perform quite well.
Apple's new MagSafe charger for the iPhone 12 family doubles the wireless charging speed but is still slower compared to the wired solution. Concretely, the Wall Street Journal's Joana Stern found out in her video review of the new iPhones that the magnetic charger charges an iPhone 12 more than 2x slower than a 20-Watt USB-C charger with fast-charge support.