Along with iPhone and HomePod predictions ahead of Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event, Weibo leaker Kang (via MacRumors) shared an interesting treat about the iPhone 12 that has nothing to do with colors or prices or sizes. Rather this is about charging.
I know what you’re thinking and no, this is not AirPower. Not quite anyway. Kang claims that Apple is preparing to launch two wireless chargers at Tuesday’s event that revives an old name in Mac charging: MagSafe. According to the leak, a new MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger may appear, as well as a new MagSafe iPhone cover.
Using the MagSafe name will probably refer to magnetic connections to ensure a proper connection with the charger. Wireless chargers usually have a single coil that needs to connect to the phone, so magnets will probably shift the phone to the right place on the charger and eliminate incorrect positioning. It is not clear from the post whether the MagSafe case will contain a battery such as the Smart Battery Case.
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It is unclear how expensive the chargers would be, or if they would just work with the iPhone 12. Apple has been offering wireless charging on iPhones since the iPhone 8 in 2017, but has yet to ship a wireless charging stand or pad. Famous, the AirPower charger that allowed three devices to charge simultaneously, was announced at the iPhone X event, but was never shipped. The project was officially abandoned in March 2019.