Apple would be about to launch external magnetic battery for the iPhone 12
Apple Inc. is working on a magnetically connected battery for newer iPhones, an accessory that would wirelessly charge the phone and provide the company with another potentially lucrative add-on product.
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Apple has been developing the accessory for at least a year and its launch is scheduled for the months after the iPhone 12 line is launched, according to people with knowledge of the product. The iPhone 12 models were introduced in October.
Battery would be attached to the back of the iPhone 12 using the MagSafe system, which all new phones use to charge and pair other accessories. Some battery prototypes have a white rubber exterior, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the product is not yet public.
The new accessory would differ of previous Apple iPhone battery plug-ins in that it only provides extra battery life and does not serve as a full protective case.
In internal tests, the magnetic connection system has proven to be strong enough as for the charging unit to stay in place, but the development of the accessory has been delayed due to software issues such as the
iPhone mistakenly indicates that the battery is overheating.
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Apple has also been working to fix problems related to the fact that customers sometimes use the device on an iPhone with a case and sometimes not.
Given the development challenges of the new accessory, it could ultimately be delayed or scrapped, the people said. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.
Wireless charging device could be a popular accessory for Apple’s new MagSafe ecosystem.
Last year, Apple released leather cases, wallets, and a pair of chargers with MagSafe compatibility. Apple’s MagSafe technology is expected to hit several more products over the next year. The company plans to add it to the redesigned MacBook Pro and MacBook Air this year, Bloomberg News reported.
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