Apple has finally started selling its $129 MagSafe Duo charger for iPhone 12 and Apple Watch. The foldable charger works with iPhone 12 via MagSafe to provide charging speed up to 14W, and features and Apple Watch charger which pops-up to work with any watch that Apple has released so far. MagSafe is also backwards compatible with older iPhone models, but only charges them at a speed of 7.5W which is almost half the speed that iPhone 12 can wirelessly charge at via the new MagSafe standard.
MagSafe Duo is now available for purchase
It was expected that Apple will release MagSafe Duo on December 21, because of a listing on an online store in Switzerland, however, Apple surprised us all by releasing it today. MagSafe Duo is a great purchase for users who own both an iPhone 12 and Apple Watch, and travel often. However, it is important to note that it does not ship with a power adaptor, and needs a 30W charger to work at its full capacity. This increases its total cost of ownership to $180, after which it provides 14W charging speed, and not 15W, which the standalone MagSafe charger provides.
Early MagSafe Duo reviews by YouTubers had given a positive impression of the product, but they also questioned its cost.
Apple had originally announced MagSafe Duo in October, when it announced iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. The new magnet-based MagSafe standard was announced by apple during the event where it also announced a bunch of other accessories such as cases, standalone MagSafe charger, wallet, and more.
The MagSafe Duo charger is special because it is the first time that Apple has actually released a wireless charging product that can charge multiple devices. It is no AirPower, thanks to the proprietary charging mechanism that Apple Watch uses, but it still allows users to charge two Apple devices at a time.
If you are using a leather case on your iPhone 12, take note that the MagSafe charger could leave a circular imprint on your case.
For now, you can order the MagSafe Duo charger for $129 from Apple’s online store. It is not available in retail stores yet for pick up, however you can place an order online and receive it in 1 business day. You can also check out the iPhone 12 Studio to see which MagSafe accessories are the best for you.