Apple is apparently developing a MagSafe battery pack accessory for the iPhone 12, according to the latest report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. With previous iPhone models, Apple has released Smart Battery Cases to compete with such battery covers from Mophie and others, which provide protection and give the iPhone extra juice.
For the iPhone 12 generation, Apple has not yet released its own battery cover. The Bloomberg report suggests that Apple may never do that, as it instead intends to use the MagSafe connector on the back of the iPhone to create a wireless charging package that simply magnetically clicks on the back of the iPhone 1
Bloomberg says the accessory will be similar in design to MagSafe wallet accessories, with at least one prototype using a white rubber housing. This is consistent with the materials used in previously smart battery cases.
However, Bloomberg says that the accessory has encountered development issues such as software issues that see iOS reporting that the battery pack is overheated, even when it actually is not. The report warns that Apple may end up scrapping the project altogether. It is not clear whether the company has developed standard iPhone 12 Smart Battery Cases as a replacement if the ambitious wireless battery pack cannot be realized.
The idea for a MagSafe laptop battery emerged as soon as Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 series with the MagSafe accessory system. 9to5Mac colleague Parker Ortolani created mockups of what an Apple MagSafe battery might look like last year (pictured above).
In the long run, Bloomberg says Apple is exploring ways for all of its portable products – AirPods, Apple Watch and iPhone – to be able to charge each other.
A persistent rumor surrounding the iPhone 11 series before launch is that they will have reverse wireless charging, allowing users to charge AirPods by placing them on the back of the device. However, this feature is yet to see the light of day.
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