As far as this year’s iPhone 12 release is concerned, most tech geeks from around the world have lauded the new MagSafe as the one-true highlight of the entire launch, and we couldn’t agree more. So what is the hype all about, and why is the MagSafe considered a marvel- here are the details!
What is The MagSafe
Essentially a wireless charger, the MagSafe is a duo of a mounting system and a charging system featuring a Qi wireless charging coil. This new device will support and be available for all the new iPhones including iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Among MagSafe’s multiple components are a new magnetometer and a single-coil NFC reader. The MagSafe charging mechanism latches onto the back of the phone magnetically and enables wireless charging up to 15W of power. Not only does MagSafe support wireless charging, but it also lets Apple use a circle of magnets on the back of new iPhones to create an accessory ecosystem that is unique and efficient.
You might be aware of the MagSafe if you’ve been an Apple user through and through. If you have used MacBook Pros in the past, the MagSafe was essentially a charging connector that would magnetically connect to the MacBook Pro and charge the computer, whilst holding on tightly for a long time. But in 2016, Apple decided to kill MagSafe when it moved to USB-C on laptops.
MagSafe and iPhone 12
Making a comeback, with a more technologically advanced version this time, the MagSafe has now been introduced as a smart charging technology for the iPhone 12, reducing the dependence on the lightning cable and ac adapter. Also part of Apple’s new initiative to limit its carbon footprint and reduce environmental harm, Apple has stated that it will not be including wired chargers and headphones within the iPhone boxes anymore.
An improvement to the earlier Qi wireless charging which lacked precision in charging your device even if it was slightly displaced, MagSafe uses its magnets to properly align your phone and the charger. This guarantees placement won’t slow down your wireless charging.
The iPhone 12 features magnets on the back, placed circularly around the wireless charging coil. With the improved shielding and NFC, you can “snap” the iPhone 12 to the MagSafe charger. Apple says MagSafe gives 15-watt wireless charging for the iPhone 12, a jump from the existing 7.5-watt. That’s about close to an 18-watt wired charge when you use an ac adapter.
A World Beyond Charging
The magnet at the back of the iPhone isn’t just limited to charging, it enables the iPhone to turn into a modular platform. It allows accessories, chargers, wallets, and cases to be clipped onto the back of the device with magnets.
For now, Apple is making a few accessories including its own leather wallet that easily snaps to the back of the iPhone 12 or MagSafe case, and a folding charging pad that could charge an iPhone and Apple Watch. A few third-party chargers and accessories will be featured and released by Belkin soon.