Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman confirms in his latest report that Apple is working on a magnetic battery pack for the iPhone 12 series. The evidence of the company first working on the magnetic battery pack emerged in the latest iOS 14.5 beta 2 after some code digging.
Gurman says that Apple has been working on the magnetic battery pack for the iPhone 12 series for almost a year now and plans to launch it “in the months” following the iPhone 12 release. The battery pack will attach to the back of the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro using the MagSafe system just like other MagSafe accessories.
Despite criticism from many that the MagSafe magnets are not strong enough for a secure connection, Apple’s internal testing has found the system to be strong enough for the battery pack. However, the development has been affected by various software issues like the iPhone claiming the battery pack is overheating. Apple is also working on figuring out scenarios where a customer might use the case on an iPhone with or without a case.
While Apple has been developing the magnetic battery pack for a year, there is a possibility the company will scrap the accessory entirely due to the development issues.
After the AirPower fiasco in 2017, a charger that Apple publicly announced before pulling the plug on it two years later, the company’s engineering team is very careful about charging accessories.