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What is magsafe battery pack?

Using a 20W or higher power adapter, the MagSafe Battery Pack can charge your iPhone with up to 15W of charging power. You can also charge both if you attach your MagSafe Battery Pack to your iPhone, then plug your iPhone into a power source. The VergeApple’s new MagSafe battery premieres reverse charging on the iPhone 12

Following the announcement of the MagSafe Battery Pack for the iPhone 12, Apple is now rolling out the release candidate of iOS 14.7 to developers and public beta testers. Head below for the full release notes.

As a reminder, Apple has moved away from the previously-used golden master naming for near-final beta releases. Instead, going forward, the company will use the term “Release Candidate,” or RC, to reference a near-final beta release. This suggests that iOS 14.7 will be released to the general public as soon as next week, which aligns with the first MagSafe Battery Pack orders arriving.

Here are the full release notes for the update:

iOS 14.7 RC is available to developers and public beta users via an over-the-air update in the Settings app. As usual, if the update does not immediately appear for download, keep checking as it sometimes takes a few minutes to roll out to all registered developers. 

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iOS 14 was released on September 16th, 2020. New features include a new home screen design, widgets, picture in picture, and more.

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Anker’s Magnetic Battery Bank 5K is a far cheaper version of Apple’s – and it’s pretty good

TrustedReviews 15 July, 2021 - 01:44am

I’ve been using the Anker Magnetic Wireless Power Bank for a while now and it seems very similar to the new accessory just released by Apple. Unlike Apple’s version though, Anker’s option costs around £40 from Amazon.

There are distinct similarities between the two products. Both attach magnetically to the back of the phone, charge the phone wirelessly and are dinky enough to keep in your pocket. I haven’t yet used Apple’s version so I can’t comment on how that works, but I have been consistently impressed with Anker’s version.

Anker’s Magnetic Battery Bank packs a 5000mAh cell, far larger than the 1460mAh offered by the Apple MagSafe Battery Pack. However as Apple has the ability to deeply integrate its product into the iOS software I’ll need to properly compare the two before seeing exactly what the charge differences are.

While Anker’s wireless pack doesn’t use MagSafe tech by name, it works in pretty much the same way. The magnetic charger attaches to the back of an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max or iPhone 12 Mini. Once attached, the power bank will start juicing up the phone.

In terms of charge speed, you’ll get a basic 5w from both the Anker and Apple chargers – however the latter can charge a phone up to 15w if it’s plugged into a fast USB-C to Lightning charger.

There’s a button on the side that’ll light up a bunch of LEDs to show your current charge level. When the bank is depleted, it can be recharged by an included USB-C cable.

During my time with the device, I have found that it can give my iPhone 12 Pro Max a good boost in battery life. However the slow 5w charging means I have mostly been using it as a way to top my phone up in emergencies, rather than giving it a full charge.

As it’s officially a MagSafe product it can charge an iPhone 12 series phone faster, up to 15w, when plugged into the right charger. This makes it a handy wireless charger to carry around.

Apple also has the ability to integrate its battery deeper into iOS than Anker can. You’ll see charge levels in the battery widget and you’ll be able to charge both the phone and battery pack with a single cable.

Apple has said its Battery Pack includes a charge management feature that helps maintain battery health when it’s connected for long periods of time.

I have been impressed with Anker’s handy Magnetic Power Bank 5K and while it’s far less feature-rich than Apple’s option, it is cheaper and does the same basic job.

The use of magnets is clever, it’s small enough to keep in a pocket and it’s perfect for times when you need some extra juice.

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Apple's new MagSafe battery pack unlocks a secret iPhone 12 feature

Mashable 15 July, 2021 - 01:44am

But what Apple didn't say — or at least didn't emphasize enough — is that this new accessory unlocks a previously unannounced iPhone 12 feature: reverse wireless charging.

This means that, when the MagSafe Battery Pack is attached to an iPhone, and the iPhone is charging via a Lightning cable, the iPhone is actually delivering power to the battery pack.

This was noticed by MacRumors, but Apple actually confirms it in a support document.

"If both your iPhone and MagSafe Battery Pack need to be charged, you can charge them at the same time. Attach your MagSafe Battery Pack to your iPhone and then plug the MagSafe Battery Pack into a power adapter. (...) You can also charge both if you attach your MagSafe Battery Pack to your iPhone, then plug your iPhone into a power source. You might want to charge this way if you need to connect your iPhone to another device while charging, like if you're using wired CarPlay or transferring photos to a Mac," the document says.

This is interesting, because it means the iPhone 12 should be able to charge other devices as well, such as AirPods. Then again, perhaps it can only work when the iPhone 12 is plugged in.

In any case, there's no official word about this feature working with any other accessory besides the new MagSafe Battery Pack, but this may change in the future.

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