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Apple today introduced a new MagSafe charging puck that's designed for the iPhone, with a design that's similar to the inductive chargers used for the Apple Watch.

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The new MagSafe charging pucks are able to charge the new iPhone 12 models faster than Qi-based charging options, offering up to 15W of power. Apple mentioned the 15W charging on stage during the event, and it's also confirmed on product pages for the new devices.

Qi-based wireless chargers continue to be limited to a maximum of 7.5W of charging power when used with an Apple device, so those who are looking for the fastest "wireless" charging option will want to opt for one of the new MagSafe chargers from Apple.

Apple has designed an Apple Watch-style MagSafe charging puck for iPhones, along with a dual charger that also includes an Apple Watch charger. MagSafe charging specifications are also being made available to third-party companies who will be able to design magnetic chargers for Apple's new iPhone lineup.

The product page for the new charger suggests that it is compatible with all iPhones dating back to the iPhone 8, which is all models that support wireless charging, but the description suggests faster wireless charging is limited to the new models.

Apple's MagSafe charger for iPhone will be available for $39, with pricing on the combo Apple Watch version unknown as of now.

Article Link: Apple's New MagSafe Charger Offers 15W Charging, Qi Still Limited to 7.5W
 

farewelwilliams

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I don't get it. MagSafe supports AirPods but doesn't support Watch and it isn't compatible with Qi?

What's so special about AirPods that the Watch doesn't have support for or Qi chargers don't have support for? Or does MagSafe support Qi but isn't listed as Qi compatible?

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Nevermind. MagSafe is compatible with Qi
MagSafe chargers efficiently provide up to 15W of power, while still accommodating existing Qi-enabled devices.

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020...-iphone-12-mini-a-new-era-for-iphone-with-5g/
 
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Sasparilla

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Interesting that its a different charging standard from Qi, but still is compatible with Qi (nice touch there Apple) - guessing we're seeing the remnants of AirPower here. Should be a nice charging option to have.

I can't wait to confuse this with my watch charger while packing.

Probably a significant difference in size will help you. The Diameter of this charging puck goes almost across the back of an iPhone.
 
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Martius

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I still can't find what is useful on this charger... do you place it on your desk and then you place an iPhone on it? Is it heavy enough to stay on the desk if you move your iPhone close to it or are the magnets stronger, so the charger will hit the back of the iPhone?

Weird product...
 
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heimdallr

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I just bought a new pair of Airpod Pros. Is this MagSafe charger "backwards-compatible" with Qi? Or will I need two separate wireless charging stations for the Airpods and new iPhone
:rolleyes:
 
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scotth23

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Interesting that its a different charging standard - guessing we're seeing the remnants of AirPower here. Should be a nice charging option to have.



Probably a signifigant difference in size will help you.

Is it that much bigger? I haven't seen any pics to scale except that one case with it stuck on the back.
 
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hmark8

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Off all the announcements, I was most excited for 15w charging speeds. While it seems small, it's a major boost since I always use wireless charging except when I need to fast charge, and always a hassle manually charging in those times. But looks like will be in the same boat since most places I use it such as in the car where it has wireless charging of course all have Qi, with presumably no chance then of faster charging in the car even though the car supports up to 10w.
 
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hmark8

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I’m pretty sure 3rd party MagSafe will be allowed. They showed a Belkin prototype on one slide.
Doesn't help for cars that have wireless charging with max speeds higher than 7.5w, but that won't ever be able to take advantage of the higher speeds since car makers aren't going to offer a retrofit for a magsafe version in existing cars.
 
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Caliber26

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I’m honestly surprised this isn’t $99. I was fully expecting it to be in that price range. Hopefully the duo version isn’t too much more since that’s the one I’m most interested in.

Would this charger work with third party cases that don’t have magnets?
 
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QuarterSwede

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I still can't find what is useful on this charger... do you place it on your desk and then you place an iPhone on it? Is it heavy enough to stay on the desk if you move your iPhone close to it or are the magnets stronger, so the charger will hit the back of the iPhone?

Weird product...
If most people are like my wife, they put their phone on a charger and hold them together to charge in bed. I mean, I would never have done that but with this product you can without an issue really. However, the main point of it is to enable 15W fast charging because it's aligned perfectly every time.
 
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mattan_lines

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Anybody see the weird Apple Pencil-like pad below the power button on all 4 models? Wonder what that could be used for as they didn't even mention it in the event. Could it be another one of those "extra tech" features like they did with the AirPods Pro where they introduce new hardware features later on?
 
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farewelwilliams

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Anybody see the weird Apple Pencil-like pad below the power button on all 4 models? Wonder what that could be used for as they didn't even mention it in the event. Could it be another one of those "extra tech" features like they did with the AirPods Pro where they introduce new hardware features later on?
It's part of the antenna design.
 
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