Unlocking the Potential: The Many Opportunities of MagSafe Technology
Jan 30, 2024
There was a period in smartphone development where it felt like things had stagnated a bit, especially in the accessory and charging side of the market. Even with wireless Qi charging out there, it felt as if we'd be stuck plugging things into our phones forever. But, as it tends to do, Apple innovated a bit and that innovation resulted in MagSafe technology.
The future of MagSage and what it has to offer is still a bit of a gray area. There is some speculation though, mostly considering the accessory market. MagSafe accessories have become more than just ancillary items, as manufacturers have stepped up their production of MagSage products. So what's next? Sure, we can snap things to our phone, but is there something else coming with MagSafe technology? Possibly. But first, what exactly is MagSafe?
What is Magsafe?
MagSafe is Apple's proprietary charging system that uses a series of embedded magnets to quickly and efficiently snap accessories onto your phone. Introduced with the iPhone 12, it's now part of every phone build since. Originally intended for quick charging without the variability of Qi charging, MagSafe capable accessories have sprung up to take advantage of the magnetic connection.
As it pertains to accessories, there are two types: "Made for MagSafe '' and "MagSafe compatible". Compatible brands (non-Apple) still work in partnership with Apple, optimized to meet Apple's MFi guidelines, allowing for wireless charging up to 15W. The latter allows for charging up to 7.5W and denotes a third-party manufacturer. This is where the bulk of accessories are categorized.
The future of MagSafe
MagSafe wasn't exactly rushed to market, but it did create one drawback. With a magnetic clip on the back of your phone, it can create a bit of a heat trap. So the first problem solve for Apple and other phone companies is to both create faster processors and ways to keep those processors cooler during long-term use. Word on the street (patents) indicates that Apple is working on a solution, a sensor that would detect when there is a MagSafe accessory attached and adjust internal processing accordingly.
Additionally, there are two major advances that could create a new paradigm for MagSafe technology in the near future. One is pure speculation, the other is a natural progression of innovative technology.
Ports in the past
This is purely speculative, but there is talk in the Apple community that it's possible that MagSafe technology could be used to transmit data. If that's the case, there would be no need for external ports. While it'll take a while for wireless technology to be quicker than a USB-C port, the difference is negligible. Plus, data might transmit differently through magnetic attachment, especially if Apple finds a way to tie that into wireless technology. It's all very interesting.
This bit is not speculative at all. Change always happens, especially when one company innovates before others. As it stands, Apple's MagSafe technology has pushed the Wireless Power Consortium to move Qi charging to the next level. Qi2 is moving forward at a rocket pace, setting a new global standard for wireless charging. While this won't put MagSafe out of business, it'll create a higher level of collaboration and creation among competing manufacturers. Which, in the end, benefits the consumer as we'll have more options for wireless charging, more accessories and more compatible phones.
WingoCase and MagSafe
WingoCase's Perch is the perfect MagSafe grip accessory for your iPhone 12 or later. Its wing feature enables a secure grip whether in landscape or portrait mode, and also serves as a stand. The wing also allows for hanging your phone, like in the shower or while fixing the car. If you are looking for a MagSafe compatible grip that is built to last and offers the highest level of functionality, look no further than the Perch.