Apple announced at Keynote 2020 the first wireless charger from Cupertino for the new iPhone 12 series. The wireless charger, which is based on the usual Qi standard, bears the name MagSafe, just like the wired charger of the Macbook. But the MagSafe Qi Charger has a special feature – it docks magnetically to the back of the iPhone 12 and keeps them in the ideal charging position. With the MagSafe Qi Charger, Apple thus eliminates an obstacle to the daily use of wireless charging. Also the performance increases, which makes wireless charging with iPhones much faster.

However, the idea of equipping wireless chargers with magnets is not entirely new: As early as the end of 2013, Google released a similar wireless charger for the then Nexus 5, which was also magnetically held in the ideal charging position. Especially Qi chargers for cars are already equipped with this technology, but the smartphone must be retrofitted with the corresponding counterpart.

Placing it with the help of magnets prevents inefficient charging or breaks during wireless charging due to incorrect or non-optimal positioning on the loading surface. This is now a thing of the past with the new iPhones. Even a small leather case for credit cards can be attached to the iPhone 12 in this way. Further third-party accessories have also been announced.

Apple MagSafe Charger & MagSafe Duo Charger with 15 Watt

The new MagSafe Qi charger significantly increases performance when charging iPhones wirelessly. Previous iPhone models could be charged wirelessly with up to 7.5 watts. With the MagSafe Qi Charger, this power now increases to up to 15 watts, which makes the charging process significantly faster overall.

A version for simultaneous wireless charging of iPhone and Apple Watch was also presented at Keynote 2020 – the MagSafe Duo Charger. This is foldable and can therefore also be used as a travel charger. The MagSafe Charger is backwards compatible with all Qi chargers, so it can also charge Qi enabled devices with lower power wirelessly.

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