What is MagSafe?

You may have heard that name: MagSafe . It is an Apple brand that was introduced in 2006, on a MacBook Pro power connector. The piece was connected through magnetism (giving that pulling sensation when approaching).

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With that, the connector was kept in place magnetically and, even if it was pulled, it would easily come off without damaging the connector or the power socket of the computer and without bumping the Macbook, dropping it from where it was.

Apple’s MagSafe – Image: Disclosure / Apple Store

Although very useful, MagSafe as we knew it was discontinued in all Apple product lines, between the years 2016 and 2019, and replaced by a USB-C connector. However, the name of the magnetic fitting revived on the iPhone 12 (2020).

The types of MagSafe chargers

Before talking about MagSafe on the iPhone 12 , it is worth remembering that there were two models of MagSafe. MagSafe 1 (in two formats: T or L), used between 2006 and 2012; and MagSafe 2, used from 2012 to 2015. As of 2016, new chargers came with USB-C.

You can still find MagSafe chargers for sale at the Apple store , 45 and 85 W. The difference from one to another, in addition to the shape, was a slight change in the connector pins. If you still have an old Mac and need a Magsafe, note this.

Apple’s MagSafe Adapter – Image: Disclosure / Apple Store

There is also a converter from MagSafe 1 to MagSafe 2 , also in the Apple Store.

MagSafe on iPhone 12

At the launch of the iPhone 12 in 2020, the MagSafe came back completely new, offering a high-powered wireless charging and a new ecosystem of accessories that can be easily connected to the iPhone using magnetism.

MagSafe on iPhone 12 – Image: Apple

According to Apple, the technology offers a unique experience for the iPhone 12, with a series of magnets around the wireless charging coil, optimized for alignment and efficiency, which seamlessly connects to the body of the iPhone 12.

Induction chargers efficiently deliver up to 15W of energy, respecting the existing Qi standard. That is, they can also be used with other devices.

MagSafe Charger on iPhone 12 – Image: Apple

New charging solutions with magnetic technology include the MagSafe Charger (small and round, which sticks to the iPhone) and the MagSafe Duo Charger (with a case) for use with iPhone and Apple Watch, as well as card holders and case covers. silicone, leather or clears that fit the back of the iPhone.

MagSafe on iPhone 12 – Image: Apple

Apple says it will be possible to buy MagSafe accessories from other brands.

Belkin, specializing in accessories, is among the partners with new chargers.

  • You can find them here: belkin.com/us/magsafe

MagSafe on iPhone 12 – Image: Apple

It’s time and time to abandon the old iPhone 5W charger.


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