What you need to know
- The first real-world images of the MagSafe Battery Pack show that it might be chunkier than some imagined.
- A Redditor was able to walk into their local Apple Store and buy the charger.
Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack has begun to become available in some Apple Stores, with one Redditor walking into the Memphis, Tennessee store and buying one. Their photos are the first real-world images we've seen of the new battery pack.
According to Redditor u/stevnrussell, the battery pack itself is made from a hard, smooth plastic which isn't what many had expected. I for one expected a soft finish similar to the Apple silicone cases, but alas that isn't the case. On the positive side, we're told that the MagSafe magnets are "VERY" strong, ensuring that people shouldn't need to worry about the battery pack falling off their iPhone during use.
The images do appear to make the battery pack look rather chunky, although I suspect that's just the zoomed-in nature of the photos at work. The battery pack doesn't appear any thicker than an iPhone with a case on, for example.
Apple hasn't shared its own side-in photos, nor has it given us any dimensions that could give us an idea of what this thing might look like in real life. These images do give us a good idea however, and may or may not be enough to convince people to pick up the $99 battery pack.
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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.