During today’s ‘Hi, Speed’ event, Apple announced its brand new iPhone 12 line-up. Alongside the new iPhone 12 line-up, the tech giant revealed MagSafe, a new $40 wireless charger.
MagSafe, which used magnetic pins to connect the charging cable with the device, was first used for the MacBook line but it started to phase out in 2016 with the introduction of USB-C charger. Now, this redesigned wireless charger does not only support the iPhone but also Apple Watch charging simultaneously.
MagSafe accessories support for iPhone 12
The new MagSafe will arrive with a whole new collection of accessories: a MagSafe charger, a magnetic wallet that attaches to the back of the new iPhones, a new leather cover that switches the phone into what appears to be a new clock mode for iOS with just the time showing, and a combo-foldable charger called the MagSafe Duo. Rather than charging just one device, the charger can be unfolded to charge iPhone 12, and an Apple Watch. Moreover, a fancier and more robust charging cable has also been revealed.
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Here is the pricing for the new iPhone accessories:
- MagSafe Charger – $39
- iPhone 12/Pro Clear Case with MagSafe – $49
- iPhone 12/Pro Silicone Case with MagSafe – $49
- iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe – $59
MagSafe Duo’s price has not been revealed yet.
In 2017, the Cupertino tech giant announced a charger named AirPower that was intended to serve a similar purpose as the newly revived wireless charger. But two years later, the tech giant decided to abandon the ambitious wireless charging pad over concerns related to reliability and overheating:
“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch,” Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering Dan Riccio said in March 2019. “We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.”
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