New version of Apple iPhone MacSafe charging plug on it’s way

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Apple may be working on a new version of its iPhone MagSafe charging puck. A new FCC listing for a “Magnetic Charger,” originally noticed by blogger Dave Zatz, reveals an accessory with a new model designation (A2548) that appears to be similar to Apple’s current charger (A2140). The new charger has been tested with a number of devices, including four labelled “New Phone,” which very probably correlate to Apple’s upcoming iPhone 13 variants.

In the official FCC materials, there aren’t many indications about what’s new. According to 9to5Mac, it has been tested with all four existing iPhone 12 models (labelled as “Legacy Phone”) as well as the four unknown smartphones, implying that this new MagSafe charger should work with both generations. There’s also a graphic showing the puck charging a pair of AirPods. That is something that the current MagSafe charger can accomplish, though it will not magnetically attach to the AirPods case as it does to the newest iPhones.

So, what’s the latest? Previous speculations claimed that this year’s iPhones may have stronger magnets integrated into their backs, which may benefit from a modified MagSafe charger design. There has also been conjecture of a bigger wireless charging coil, which might allow for greater wattages and hence quicker charging. According to its FCC application, the new charger appears to deliver the same 15W charging speeds as the existing model when used with an iPhone.

So, what’s new? Previous speculations claimed that this year’s iPhones could feature stronger magnets integrated into their backs, which might benefit from a modified MagSafe charger design. There has also been mention of a bigger wireless charging coil, with conjecture that this might allow for greater wattages and hence quicker charging. However, according to its FCC application, the new charger appears to deliver the same 15W charging speeds as the existing one when used with an iPhone.

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