Japanese props maker MPOW has unveiled the first wireless charger compatible with Apple’s new proprietary technology, called MagSafe. The firm unveils its operation and its technical characteristics. The device would not necessarily be compatible with phones other than the iPhone 12.
Apple is to unveil the new iPhone 12 during a keynote held this Tuesday, October 13 at 7 p.m. (Paris). And the revelations fuse a few hours before the event. We thus discovered this morning a icon which betrays a slightly smaller notch on at least one of the iPhone 12 models. Probably the one that Apple would have baptized iPhone 12 mini, and which would be, with its 5.4 ″ screen, the most compact model in the range.
In recent weeks, several rumors have revealed that Apple is planning big changes to wireless charging. Photos show in particular a wireless charging device surrounded by small magnetss. According to the latest rumors, this new device would take over the MagSafe brand. Yes, it is the same name as the magnetic connector which has long been the standard on macs. The very one who saved many machines from being scrapped.
MagSafe: a props maker unveils the first wireless charging mat designed for the iPhone 12
The name MagSafe would have been retained after the abandonment of the AirPower wireless charging mat that Apple had introduced at the same time as the iPhone X. The device had finally never seen the light of day due to obviously unsurpassable design errors: the appliance gave off an excessive amount of heat. The principle of AirPower was to offer a large charging mat on which you can simultaneously place an iPhone, an Apple Watch and a charging case for AirPods.
Thanks to a large number of entangled coils, Apple promised its users that they could put their devices anywhere on the AirPower, without ever really thinking about it. With the MagSafe system, we remain on the same idea of a charging mat easier to use, but with a radically different approach. And if we know, it’s thanks to a props, MPOW Japan, who is launching the very first MagSafe charging mat on the market, with plenty of technical details and photos.
MPOW explains: “The product is a wireless charger that supports a new wireless charging mechanism called the charging position adjustment function via magnets that will be installed in new iPhones”. And to detail: “The product has a magnetic ring-shaped mechanism” all around the charging coil. These magnets allow, according to MPOW to solve one of the biggest faults of wireless chargers.
“This allows to prevent stopping of the charge due to the position of the device which changes during charging, and a easier use of the smartphone when connected to this system, all in improving the efficiency of wireless charging“, explains MPOW Japan.
The props specialist then explains the intrinsic functioning of this new MagSafe device: “Inside the wireless charger a magnetic mechanism is mounted around the coil […] by installing the same mechanism in the new iPhones, the device is firmly attached to the wireless charger when charging, and the problem of the terminal misaligned during charging is fixed ”.
The props maker specifies that the magnetic device has been specially designed to eliminate any interference problem with the charging device. In addition the mat has a USB type C connector (presumably to allow increased energy transfer) and is as thin as possible to allow more comfortable use of the smartphone while charging. Qi wireless charging technology suffers from handicaps that are currently struggling to be overcome.
Wireless charging can damage your smartphone’s battery, in addition to charging it extremely slowly compared to the best wired fast charging solutions. Things are gradually improving with the promise of quickly arriving at 100W wireless charging devices, for example. But the question of energy efficiency losses and what this implies for a mass product in terms of waste remains to be resolved in order to make a generalization of this charging mode really possible (and desirable).
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With this magnetic placement, the MagSafe solution has at least the advantage of optimizing as much as possible the transmission of energy by induction to avoid precisely these losses, while facilitating the use.