While wireless charging has been around for years, Apple wanted to do things differently. In addition to supporting standard wireless charging technologies, recent iPhones (except iPhone SE) also benefit from MagSafe, whereby the wireless charger attaches magnetically to the back of the smartphone.
This ingenious system has already inspired a few brands of Android smartphones. And while Apple is forced to replace the Lightning port with a USB-C port on its future iPhones, MagSafe, the Cupertino company’s proprietary technology, could take on even more importance.
MagSafe: soon, slightly more stylish accessories
According to an article recently published by the Appleinsider site, Apple has decided to allow manufacturers of certified MagSafe accessories to better control the design of their products.
Currently, all chargers certified by Apple have a white circle at the wireless charging module. This is due to the fact that to be certified, accessory manufacturers must comply with precise specifications, and use components provided by Apple.
For the charging module, the firm has so far only provided this white circle. And the problem is that the color does not necessarily suit all designs.
The good news is that, according to Appleinsider, the Cupertino company now offers a new component that accessory manufacturers can cover with new materials.
It is Anker who announces the color
While previous certified MagSafe chargers all had the infamous white circle, Anker’s new 3-in-1 MagSafe cube charger is different. As you can see in the image below, the wireless charging module is gray, not white. This is because Anker uses the new component offered by Apple, which gives more freedom to accessory manufacturers.
According to Appleinsider, other accessory manufacturers have already indicated that they will soon launch new products taking advantage of this novelty of the ecosystem.
Of course, if you want to use a more stylish MagSafe charger, you can also turn to chargers not certified by Apple. These will charge your smartphone, and the attachment will be provided by magnets.
However, unlike certified chargers, which charge iPhones at 15W, non-certified products charge at 7.5W, since they actually only use Qi wireless charging, not Apple’s proprietary technology.
Apple has already confirmed the switch from iPhone to USB-C
As mentioned above, while Apple is forced to abandon its Lightning connector, the MagSafe wireless charging technology is highlighted.
As a reminder, it is the European Union that is forcing the firm to make this change. A few days ago, the Council gave final approval to legislation that will require all smartphone manufacturers to equip their products with USB-C ports. Apple has already confirmed that it will respect this new rule, although it is not in favor of it.