What you need to know
- Apple's iPhone 13 is expected to be announced next week.
- A new MagSafe Charger has been filed with the FCC.
- The new MagSafe Charger lists four new iPhones, too.
With Apple now thought to be just days away from announcing the brand new iPhone 13, a new type of MagSafe Charger has worked its way through the FCC. The new charger lists "legacy iPhone" as well as four new, unannounced models, as being compatible.
Carrying FCC ID BCGA2548, the new charger is identified as a "Magnetic Charger, A2548," but it isn't possible to glean too much information from the filing itself. One aspect of note is the devices the charger will work with, though. Apple says that "legacy iPhone" will be good to go and it's safe to assume they're existing iPhone 12 models. But four unnamed "new iPhone" models are also mentioned. Reading between the lines, it seems likely that those iPhones are iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
New Apple MagSafe charger just went thru the FCC. Wonder what’s new. Wouldn’t it be cool if the new Airpods magnetically attached, too… pic.twitter.com/xdz1ORhuheNew Apple MagSafe charger just went thru the FCC. Wonder what’s new. Wouldn’t it be cool if the new Airpods magnetically attached, too… pic.twitter.com/xdz1ORhuhe— Dave Zatz (@davezatz) September 6, 2021September 6, 2021
In terms of what makes the new MagSafe Charger actually new, we might have to wait and see. It's possible that stronger magnets will be in play here, something that will be of benefit to things like the MagSafe Battery Pack more than the desktop charger, of course. The upcoming iPhone 13 handsets are also rumored to have improved magnets, too.
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Apple is expected to announce iPhone 13 within the next week or two, with Apple Watch Series 7 unlikely to be too far behind.
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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.
Not looking forward to having to spend another $39 for a new MagSafe charger.
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