Bloomberg Another report published sharing details of a planned Apple product launch. This time, the post’s sources say Apple is working on a magnetically connected battery pack for iPhones – it will be the first Apple-designed iPhone battery pack that does not double as a case.
The accessory will use the MagSafe feature that was introduced with the iPhone 12 lineup in October. It will be attached magnetically to the back of the new iPhones and presumably provide power wirelessly via the Qi standard adopted by the iPhones. According to Bloomberg’s sources, the prototypes have a “white rubber exterior”.
Apple has also shipped some MagSafe accessories for the iPhone, including a charging cable that uses magnets and other components to optimally align charging coils and produce faster charging speeds than was possible with previous iPhone models with non-MagSafe Qi charging capacity.
The MagSafe moniker was first used for Mac laptops that have a magnetic charging port. In this case, the faster charging was not part of the playing field; Instead, the goal is to reduce the risk of damage to the computer if its power cord is kicked or pulled. With MagSafe, the cable will gently pop instead of pulling the device itself.
Apple has phased out MagSafe from its MacBook product line over the past few years, but rumors are circulating that the company plans to reintroduce it with The new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air Models are due later this year.
There is no logic about when Apple will ship this new iPhone MagSafe battery product. The report claims that Apple was aiming to “launch it in the months following the iPhone 12 line” but that the product was delayed due to difficulties in the software development side.
Specifically, the software notified testers that the battery was overheating even when it was not.
Apple will likely take a conservative or cautious approach when introducing new battery or charging products, given that the once-advertised AirPower charging mat never saw the light of day, and many device companies (perhaps the most well-known Samsung) have faced widespread reports of Fire or injury resulting from malfunctioning batteries and power systems.
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