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Apple's MagSafe charger charges over two-times slower than a wired 20W USB-C charger, according to a new iPhone 12 video review from the Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern.

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Screencap from video review


The review of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro was generally critical of Apple's MagSafe technology, explaining that the idea seems to be better in theory than in practice.

Although Stern found that the MagSafe charger charged the iPhone 12 faster than a traditional 7.5W Qi wireless charger, it was still slower than plugging directly into a 20W charger. The 20W charger charged an empty iPhone to 50% in only 28 minutes, while the MagSafe took 1 hour.

The full video review covers other aspects of the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro:



The review was also critical of the fact that the combined cost of the MagSafe charger and a 20W power adapter was $58 combined, and that the MagSafe charger's cable is less than a yard in length.



Article Link: MagSafe Charges 2x Slower Than Wired 20W USB-C Charger
 
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Moi Ici

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I’m surprised Apple talked this up so much as something almost revolutionary and that THEY had finally found a way to do it properly. For the price of that charger, I might just be sending it back to apple, I thought it would be a somewhat fast charge.
 

ian87w

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What Apple should do is to divide the battery in iPhones into two units, with each being able to charge separately. This is what many Android OEMs are doing. That way, you are essentially "double" your current charging speed as you are not charging one huge battery, but charging two smaller batteries at the same time.

Come on Apple, even Xiaomi figured this out.

Meanwhile, Huawei is doing 50W wireless charging... :D
 

giggles

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Can someone receiving it today please test 0-100%?

0-50% is not representative of the whole 0-100 charge as both will slow down but maybe the usb-c disproportionally.

I mean, usb-c 20W will still destroy magsafe, but not this much.
0-50% is literally the range where the 20W charger sprints like Usain Bolt.
 

Mutepointer

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I’m surprised Apple talked this up so much as something almost revolutionary and that THEY had finally found a way to do it properly. For the price of that charger, I might just be sending it back to apple, I thought it would be a somewhat fast charge.
Good decision to send it back. Apple should be told that there are no more sheep who are going to waste any more money at apple.
 

Oblivious.Robot

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Magsafe is something that I don't understand at all, if it sticks to the iPhone doesn't that negate the benefits of wireless charging? If it's not place and forget, might as well use the lightning port for faster charging?

Honestly, ever since I got the X about 3 years ago I have had the same 20$ wireless charging stand and it has worked perfectly.
 

Ralfi

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🤔 would’ve hoped for it to be 45 minutes for the MagSafe (1/2 that of the 7.5w Qi wireless charger).

Apple still on the conservative side when it comes to wireless charging...probably erring on the side of caution re: Battery longevity.
 
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