Apple has just released the MagSafe Battery Pack – an accessory that fits on the back of the iPhone 12 to extend battery life. It joins the line of MagSafe accessories that have been available since last fall. And it’s ready to order now, with shipments starting next week.
It’s specifically designed for the iPhone 12 Mini, 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max. The MagSafe Battery Pack is only available in white and features a silicone design that adds a bulge to the back of the iPhone. From the photos of the accessory, we can see that it has a 1460mAh battery – it remains to be seen how this translates into daily use of the product. For example, the iPhone 12’s battery capacity is 2,815mAh, so this will provide about 50% power for it, which is a very interesting increase and could mean the device can last two full days.
Like the MagSafe charger or MagSafe Duo, it can send 15 watts to the iPhone 12 wirelessly. But it’s not all rosy: you’ll need to plug it in to get the full 15 watts, because when just plugged into your iPhone, it will only produce 5 watts.
It will fit on the back of the iPhone or in a MagSafe case, it will start charging and you can see the percentage of phone battery and charger on the lock screen. You can also see the battery levels for both devices in the battery widget. But here’s an interesting detail: these widgets will only be available on iOS 14.7, a version that’s not yet available for Apple devices, so it means it should be released soon for mobile devices.
The MagSafe Battery Pack will charge via a Lightning cable and you can have the MagSafe battery pack on the back of your iPhone and have the pack turned on, which is handy as it allows it to be not just a battery pack, but also a wireless charger.
And that’s the main difference from Apple’s previous smart battery cover options for iPhone. Instead of a wraparound case, this is a battery that attaches to the back, so you won’t have more protection or durability with this accessory, but it’s a simple do-it-or-off experience.
Ultimately it depends on what you value most in terms of features for a battery. We don’t expect MagSafe to disappear on the next-gen iPhone or next year, so if you purchase this pack, it will certainly work on future iPhones.