Leaks around the iPhone 12 range haven’t been encouraging recently, but what is arguably the most revealing update to the new phone has just been confirmed.
The new range of iPhone 12 will come with a large circular array of magnets inside. Following multiple hardware leaks, 9to5Mac confirmed the final piece of the puzzle (Why am I there?), after the site got a video showing the prototype of a new Apple magnetic wireless charger.
The device in the video is stereotyped Apple: a minimalist white circle with charging coil and connector on the back. Additionally, 9to5Mac notes that when comparing the charger to the leaked magnet circle patterns from the iPhone 12 range, “The dimensions of the charging module pictured in today’s video seem to line up.”
Additionally, these magnets should do more than just help with accurate placement on a charging pad. They are also intended to announce the arrival of a new range of magnetic accessories, such as car mounts. Sales of magnetic wireless chargers and accessories are expected to receive a big “hand” from Apple this year, with the company removing the standard wired charger from iPhone boxes.
And expect a lot of choice. 9to5Mac says the prototype could be an Apple development unit that the company will supply to third-party accessory manufacturers in a similar way to what it does with the Apple Watch charger and other parts through its MFi program. This means that whatever design Apple decides on, you can expect official magnetic wireless chargers of all shapes and sizes to hit the market soon after the (increasingly mysterious) release of the iPhone 12 range.
The addition of magnets is also a welcome addition to the iPhone 12 lineup which is apparently getting less ambitious the more we learn. The front and middle are serious battery life issues, which means the performance of the ambitious new phone charging system may just be the most important upgrade within them. Especially with Apple having decided to launch a doorless iPhone in 2021
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