Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12 is here, and whilst early impressions of the accessory seem to be good, I for one remain unconvinced of the device's value. This week in our poll, we want to find out what you make of it. Have you bought one, and if so what do you think? Is it one of the best MagSafe portable batteries available, or a worthless gimmick? Maybe you haven't bought one, we want to know why! Before you sound off, here are some things to consider, from our review:
The Magsafe Battery pack comes with full iOS 14.7 integration, is compact and has strong magnets, and can be used in reverse whilst you charge your iPhone. However, it's very expensive at $99, has a very small capacity compared to rivals like Anker's PowerCore Magnetic 5K and the mophie snap+ juice pack.
To me, I simply can't understand why you'd paid twice as much for a battery with a third of the capacity unless you're absolutely desperate for a battery pack that's white and has Apple's logo on it. Which brings me to another point, why is this only available in white? Sure it's distinctive but I can't imagine it will age well with dirt and grime without constantly need to be cleaned. I just don't see any benefit to Apple's offering over the existing competitors which are considerably cheaper and offer more actual charge... Is there something I've missed? Take our poll below and let us know what you think of Apple's latest MagSafe offering. If you're on mobile, be sure to click here if you can't see the poll.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9