What you need to know
- Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack has received a new firmware update for reasons unknown.
- Your battery pack will automatically update itself when connected to your iPhone.
Apple's popular, if somewhat inelegant MagSafe Battery Pack is already the best iPhone charging solution around and now it's even better. At least, that's the assumption after it received a new firmware update. Unfortunately, nobody really knows what that update did.
The update was spied by MacRumors, with the new version being 2.5.b.0. For those wondering, version 2.0.2c.0 was the previous one — not that it means a whole lot to anyone outside of Apple.
Like AirPods, there is no way to manually force a firmware update here which means you're just going to have to wait for Apple to perform the magic itself. Keep your iPhone connected to the charger and things should sort themselves out eventually.
Here's how to check which version of MagSafe Battery Pack firmware you're running right now:
- Attach the MagSafe Battery Pack to an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13.
- Open Settings and tap General.
- Tap About and then select MagSafe Battery Pack. Your firmware version will be displayed.
Shout out if your battery pack has been updated and you notice anything new — I'm really curious about what's changed.
Not a fan of the MagSafe Battery Pack? These are some of the best MagSafe portable batteries around right now — and a lot of them are quite a bit cheaper than Apple's charger, too.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
Really tired of the 'can't just update it' cr@p. Have had the battery pack on the phone for several hours, several times. Still at 2.0.2c.0
After having the same experience trying to upgrade the battery pack using an iPhone I just for fun tried to connect the battery pack to my MacBook pro using the USB to lightning cable.. 30 sec and it now shows: MagSafe Battery Pack: Product ID: 0x1399
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
Serial Number: DL2FK0NR0NLJ
Speed: Up to 12 Mb/s
Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
Location ID: 0x02100000 / 1
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 500
Extra Operating Current (mA): 1000
Sleep current (mA): 1500 to upgrade the MagSafe charger the same procedure worked in another 30 seconds. Just connect it to a MacBook and the upgrade commences immediately
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