MagSafe myths debunked: The truth about the iPhone 12’s new charging and accessory system

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MagSafe is likely to be an outdated title to Apple veterans, nevertheless it has a complete new objective. Apple slipped a model new charging and modular accent system into the iPhone 12, resurrecting the charging connector Apple retired when it switched to USB-C charging on the MacBook.

However since Apple isn’t together with a MagSafe connector or perhaps a appropriate energy adapter within the iPhone 12 field, you most likely have some questions on MagSafe. And relying on the place you discover the solutions, they may not be all that correct. So neglect about what you’ve learn: Right here’s the reality about MagSafe.

Fantasy: Speeds are too gradual with a third-party charger
Actuality: So long as it’s 20W or larger, it doesn’t actually matter which charger you utilize

Charging is hard. Relying on the cellphone you purchase, there are a number of totally different protocols on the market—QuickCharge, Warp Cost, Adaptive Quick Charging, and so on.—however the most typical is USB Energy Supply, which is what Apple makes use of.

However in case you purchase a MagSafe charger for $39, you’ll must convey your individual energy adapter, since Apple doesn’t present one with the iPhone 12 or the MagSafe cable. That’s the place issues get a bit difficult. MagSafe will cost the iPhone 12, 12 Professional, and 12 Professional Max at a most of 15W (solely 12W for the iPhone 12 mini), however to get these speeds you’ll want to make use of Apple’s new 20W charger. In any other case, you’re going to get 12W charging.

magsafe charging screen Michael Simon/IDG

Once you pop on the MagSafe charger, you get a pleasant animation on the entrance.

That sounds worse than it really is. I examined MagSafe with a number of chargers and MagSafe labored superb with all however one, Choetech’s 100W charger. And whereas it’s true that none of them charged fairly as quick as Apple’s 20W charger, all of them crammed up my iPhone at roughly the identical tempo.

Apple 20W Charger
Highest: 17W
Battery life after 10 minutes of charging: 12%

Aukey 65W charger
Highest: 12W
Battery life after 10 minutes of charging: 11%

Apple MacBook charger 60W
Highest: 12W
Battery life after 10 minutes of charging: 12%

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