Despite a design flaw, the MagSafe Duo Charger does work with iPhone 13 Pro
What you need to know
- The iPhone 13 Pro does not line up perfectly with the MagSafe Duo Charger.
- The camera module is so big that the phone can not lie flat on the charger.
- It does not, however, stop the iPhone from charging.
While it's certainly not a perfect fit, the iPhone 13 Pro does work with Apple's MagSafe Duo Charger.
Earlier today, multiple reports pointed out that those with the new iPhone 13 Pro might have a problem charging it with Apple's own MagSafe Duo Charger. It appears that the camera module has gotten so big that the phone can't lie flat on the charger.
In a video posted to Twitter by MKBHD, he shows off the issue. When using just the iPhone 13 Pro, you can see that the camera module catches the edge of the MagSafe Duo Charger. While the issue gets worse when the iPhone 13 Pro is in a case, it still does appear to charge just fine with the MagSafe connection.
iPhone 13 Pro vs Magsafe duo charger (they'll probably need to make a new one) pic.twitter.com/fYF59AZvguiPhone 13 Pro vs Magsafe duo charger (they'll probably need to make a new one) pic.twitter.com/fYF59AZvgu— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) September 23, 2021September 23, 2021
While it is good to know that charging is not impeded, it does suggest that Apple could release a new version of the MagSafe Duo Charger to work more seamlessly with its new iPhone. While it works functionally, it's tough to think that the company would be okay with a design imperfection such as this.
Thankfully, it appears that the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 Pro Max do not have this problem. The camera module in the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 is not large enough to be a problem and the iPhone 13 Pro Max is such a massive phone that, despite having the same camera system, is so huge that the camera module does not get in the way.
The entire iPhone 13 lineup will officially launch on Friday, September 24 alongside the 6th generation iPad mini and 9th generation iPad.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
I like how when it came out, the MAIN SELLING POINT of the magSafe charging was that the tight, alligned connection meant that the charging was going to be faster/better/whatever ... but now it's off by at least 1/8th of an inch and that's just fine?
That's not really contradictory. The magnets get the alignment optimized, but wireless charging has always allowed some slop, or none of us would have gotten anything charged.
Well, problem avoided for me. I haven't been able to bring myself to buy one of these thing$, given travel was so restricted for the past year. Even then, I'd be opting for the 13 Pro max. I'm good ;)
So a charger that isn't even a year old doesn't work properly with the new phones. Way to plan ahead apple and so much for the #environment...