The rumor mill never seems to stop spinning when it comes to new Apple devices. According to a Bloomberg report, the company is supposedly working on a new MagSafe accessory for the iPhone 12. It is a battery pack that will extend the smartphone’s life and easily snap into place using its built-in magnetic connection.
It’s noteworthy that the rumored accessory doesn’t come in the form of a bulky case. This makes it perfect for users that might need extra power sometimes, but not all the time.
At this point, Apple hasn’t commented on the product in an official capacity. With that being said, it could be nothing more than a rumor. However, when news of a rumored product gets picked up in this way, it typically ends up being true.
MagSafe Battery Pack
When Apple first announced the iPhone 12 last year, it made a big deal about advertising its MagSafe accessories. Since then, a number of third-party companies have started offering MagSafe accessories of their own alongside Apple’s official products.
It turns out, Apple has been working on the MagSafe battery pack for over a year. That isn’t as good as it sounds, however. The iPhone maker is reportedly having a hard time developing the product.
According to Bloomberg, the battery pack is experiencing a problem where the iPhone’s software thinks the accessory is overheating. There is also a reported problem when switching the battery pack between the iPhone’s exposed back and the back of a case.
Grain of Salt
While it’s almost certain that Apple is working on a MagSafe battery pack, the accessory’s fate is far from sealed. Despite its prowess with consumer devices, Apple has struggled with charging accessories in the past.
Many will remember that it scrapped its AirPower charging mat back in 2019. That came nearly a year and a half after Apple officially announced the product. Since the MagSafe battery pack hasn’t even been announced yet, Apple could decide to nix the project with little difficulty.
Of course, there is no guarantee that the iPhone maker will choose to give up. It may be able to come up with a clever solution to the problems it is facing and roll out a MagSafe battery pack in the near future. Only time will tell.
In the meantime, third-party accessory manufacturers are reportedly working on their own MagSafe battery packs. Mophie, a veteran in the charging accessory business, released something similar called the Juice Pack Connect late last year. It certainly isn’t as sleek as something you’d expect to come from Apple, but it appears to be functional. The accessory clips onto the phone rather than using its magnetic connection, but essentially serves the same purpose.
It will be interesting to see how Apple handles this situation in the months to come. Now that rumors have escaped into the wild, the company may need to address its plans for a MagSafe battery pack one way or another.