San Francisco: According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is developing a battery pack accessory that will use the company’s MagSafe system to wirelessly connect to the iPhone 12.
Apple is developing a magnetic battery pack for the latest iPhone that can wirelessly charge mobile phones and provide the company with another potentially lucrative add-on product.
Apple has been developing the attachment for at least a year and it has been scheduled to launch in the months following the release of the iPhone 12 line, according to people with knowledge of the product. The iPhone 12 models were introduced in October.
The battery pack would attach to the back of an iPhone 12 using the MagSafe system, which all the new phones use for charging and pairing other accessories like cases and wallets. Some prototypes of the battery pack have a white rubber exterior, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the product isn’t yet public.
The new accessory would differ from Apple battery add-ons for previous iPhones in that it only provides additional battery life and doesn’t serve as a full protective case.
In internal tests, it turns out that the magnetic accessory system is strong enough to keep the charging device in place, but due to software issues (such as the iPhone incorrectly indicating that the package is overheated), the development of accessories has slowed down. Apple has also been working to resolve issues related to switching between devices that customers sometimes use on the iPhone with or without a protective cover.
People familiar with the matter said that given the development challenges of the new accessory, it may eventually be delayed or scrapped. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.