One of the most noticeable features of the newly unveiled iPhone 12 is its wireless charging capability __ especially MagSafe.
Apple stressed that it has put magnets near the wireless charging coil to increase charging efficiency. Up to 15W of power can be supplied.
MagSafe was first introduced with notebooks. Apple applied to its MacBook in 2006. The power connector had a magnet in it.
Cupertino MagSafe 2 that decreased the size of the power connector in 2012. Most people expected the tech to be applied to iPhones and iPads.
But MacBook’s MagSafe was replaced with USB-C on November 2016.
Apple is likely reintroducing MagSafe thanks to ending its conflict with MagSafe component supplier Shimano.
Shimano filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Apple in 2014, claiming Apple forcibly cut prices. A court in Japan rejected the claim on April, 2019.
Apple will gain two things from adding MagSafe to iPhone 12 __ to make every connection between its devices wireless and sales from needed accessories.
Next year’s iPhones are highly likely remove all connectors. Apple saw accessories sales from Apple Watch and other device increase 17% year over year to US$6.45 billion in the second quarter.
Apple has already begun sales of MagSafe chargers and cases as well as a leather card wallet.