New Apple patent shows wired MagSafe charger for iPhones, may replace Lightning port in future
According to the patent that was submitted to the USPTO or United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, Apple is planning to work on a three-pinned MagSafe charger.
Apple revived its MagSafe branding last year during the iPhone 12 launch event. The company, which first introduced MagSafe for MacBook devices years ago, introduced it for wireless charging on iPhones in 2020. However, it looks like the firm is planning to bring MagSafe charging in the wired form to future iPhones. This is shown in a new patent (via Patently Apple) where Apple has shown a new kind of connectivity port using a version of its magnetic MagSafe charger to charge an iPhone.
This might also mean that the company may be looking at ways to finally ditch the Lightning Port and replace it with a wired MagSafe charger.
According to the patent that was submitted to the USPTO or United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, Apple is planning to work on a three-pinned MagSafe charger which is similar to what we have found in older MacBook computers. The company also talks about different pin designs in the patent that would connect the charger to the device. In one of the illustrations, it is shown with a more round design, while in the other one it has a more flat surface design.
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Although the patent does not mention anything about the iPhone, the illustrations do show the bottom part of the handset with a MagSafe charger concept.
Having a MagSafe wired charger will have its own advantages over the Lightning port. The main advantage here will be that MagSafe will allow you to easily detach the charger from the iPhone if it gets tripped on.
For now, Apple is marketing it's MagSafe on the iPhone at the backside, wherein they can also connect other accessories. However, after this patent, it might be a possibility that the MagSafe charge on the back of the device might only be used for placing the accessories such as the rumored MagSafe battery pack or the wallet. It will leave the MagSafe charger on the bottom, with the sole purpose to charge the handset.
On a related note, Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo recently said that Apple might not be switching to a USB type-C connector anytime soon. That's because the USB type-C connector has low specifications as compared to Lightning and MagSafe.
Kuo added that, if the iPhone abandons Lightning port, it may immediately adopt a portless design with MagSafe.
According to a recent report by Bloomberg, Apple is expected to bring MagSafe to the Mac devices as well. The tech may show up in the upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, sporting a similar design to the previous iterations, in addition to fast charging speeds.