MagSafe charger for iPhones: What You Need to Know About the Magnetic Connection

Apple announced MagSafe charger for iPhones- This article will tell you everything you should know in detail about this magnetic charger
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In addition to new iPhones, Apple’s October event also announced MagSafe charger, a magnetic system for connecting accessories. Apple emphasized the ability to easily attach wireless chargers. In this article, we look at the capabilities and limitations of Apple’s latest discovery.

Take from the past

The announcement may have some followers of the Cupertino company scratching their heads. Because didn’t Apple use the MagSafe brand name before? That’s right, because the first product with that name already appeared in 2006. The ‘MagSafe plug’ was introduced in the very first MacBook Pro that appeared that year.

It was the standard charger for this laptop that could be clicked on by means of a magnetic system. According to Apple, wear on the connection had a much smaller impact. The magnet released when you gave it a tug, so your MacBook didn’t immediately fall off your desk when you tripped over the cable. MagSafe was used in all MacBooks until 2015, after which Apple switched to USB-C for charging its laptops.

MagSafe chargers for iPhones

Now MagSafe is back and in a brand new look. The concept has actually remained the same, but now it is the iPhones that can use it. This time, too, Apple emphasized charging. For example, a charger provided with the system can be attached to the back of the iPhone 12 series and thus charge the devices ‘wirelessly’. Although Apple has the patent for magnetic mounting in this way, the charging itself is simply via the Qi standard .

That means that basically any device that supports this charging standard can be charged with a MagSafe charger. This also includes Apple’s own iPhone 8 (Plus), iPhone X series, iPhone 11 series and the most recent iteration of the iPhone SE. The AirPods storage case is also compatible with the new chargers.

However, Apple wouldn’t be Apple if it weren’t for exclusive benefits that apply only to its own devices. All MagSafe accessories to be released contain an NFC chip that checks whether the connected device is an iPhone. In this way, Apple could limit the flow of power for other smartphones. The brand new iPhone 12 mini also cannot handle the full capacity of the chargers. With compatible phones, the throughput is 15 watts, with other models it will be a bit lower.

A MagSafe charger designed by the company itself was already announced at the iPhone event. Work is also being done on a model that can charge two devices at the same time. That seems to be a kind of spiritual successor to the canceled AirPower charging mat. However, third parties may also integrate MagSafe into their products. Apple will undoubtedly earn a nice pocket money from that. Among others, manufacturer Belkin has already announced chargers with MagSafe integration.

Cases and other accessories

This time MagSafe isn’t limited to just chargers. Apple has big plans and wants to build a complete ecosystem. MagSafe is supposed to make the iPhone sort of modular. So you can expect products in the future that will expand the capabilities of your phone. So far it has been a bit limited to cases, of all shapes and sizes. A wide variety of cases and card holders made of different materials have already been announced. The popular PopSockets from the company of the same name will be available in a magnetic variant, especially for the new iPhones.

It also becomes a lot easier to attach iPhones to something. For example, we can expect a number of car holders to be able to call hands-free. Cars that support Apple CarPlay will undoubtedly integrate such holders in the future. Extensions such as selfie sticks and mobile controllers can also be attached more efficiently. There have also been concepts of covers with a built-in ‘smartwatch’ or extra battery capacity so that your iPhone lasts a lot longer.

A number of the cases with MagSafe have an additional advantage. These cases have the option to forward power to the iPhone. That means you can click a MagSafe charger directly onto the case, so you don’t have to remove it when you want to charge. Normally, a case should be quite thin so as not to hinder wireless charging. So your phone remains protected, especially because magnets rubbing against each other can cause serious scratches if there is dirt on the surface.


With MagSafe, Apple has found a way to tap into a new market in its own way. Android phone manufacturers have been trying to distinguish themselves for years by releasing unique accessories for their products. It should deliver a complete ecosystem of extensions for Apple. There are already rumors that next year iPads and Apple Watches will appear that can also handle MagSafe.

Products with MagSafe integration will be labeled ‘Made for iPhone’. This is also the case with accessories that work with a Lightning connection. For years it has been joked that Apple would release an iPhone without a charging port if they can get away with it. With the announcement of the MagSafe system, such a drastic step suddenly becomes a lot more realistic.

Apple has been criticized for using the Lightning port instead of the more universal USB-C. However, the royalties for Lightning accessories bring Apple so much that the company has never been in a hurry to change this connection on iPhones. Wireless charging is likely to completely replace the classic charging port in the short or long term. The first MagSafe products will hit the market November 13.