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Apple’smodels — two of which are — come with , and the return of a beloved Apple MacBook feature: . We’ve now and can explain how the phone (which is excellent) uses magnets positioned inside the phone to attach a wireless charger and a potentially that snap onto the back of the phone, such as cases, docks, mounts and even a wallet.
By embracing a snap-on ethos that has failed other phone makers (more on that below), therepresent a bold new direction for Apple and a new way for iPhone owners to use their phones.
Here’s a look at what Apple says MagSafe does, how it works and how you might use it once you upgrade. And here’s whythan you think.
How does MagSafe work on iPhone 12?
The new iPhone 12 devices are embedded with what Apple describes as “an array of magnets” (Apple says they’re recycled) around a centered charging coil that can pull up to 15 watts of power — twice as powerful as wireless charging on previous iPhones (but on par with phones from other brands).
When you bring the charging end of the power cord close to the iPhone’s back, those magnets will pull it into place. The same goes for other MagSafe accessories and, depending what you’re clipping on, your iPhone will display a brief animation related to the accessory to confirm that it’s locked on.
Will iPhone 12 come with a MagSafe charging cable?
No, Apple will include only a USB-C-to-Lightning cable () in the box with new iPhones. Apple’s two MagSafe charging cables — one standalone and another that also charges an — will be sold separately, but Apple confirmed that at least one other manufacturer, Belkin, will be selling MagSafe-compatible charging cables as well.
How much will Apple’s MagSafe accessories cost and when will they go on sale?
The standalone MagSafe iPhone charger is available for preorder for $39, with shipping listed as two to three weeks. Clear and silicone cases cost $49 with shipping in 7 to 10 business days. The leather wallet costs $59 and ships in five to six weeks. No word yet on the dual iPhone and Apple Watch charger’s price or availability.