Apple may produce magnetic battery

 Apple may produce magnetic battery

Apple has released several MagSafe accessories since the introduction of the iPhone 12 series, including a leather wallet and several cases. Now, a new report claims that Apple is preparing another MagSafe accessory similar to Smart Battery cases.

Apple is developing a new battery that will magnetically attach to the latest iPhones and support wireless charging, according to Bloomberg. Unlike the Smart Battery cases previously released by Apple, the new MagSafe accessory cannot serve as a complete protective case. Evidence of the magnetic battery accessory did appear in the iOS 14.5 beta, but was later removed.

Apple has reportedly been developing the box for over a year, with a possible release in the coming months. Bloomberg reports that some prototypes of the battery pack have a white rubber casing, but it is unclear if Apple will use this design in the final product.

It's not even clear if there will be a final product. Development has been reported to have slowed due to software issues suggesting the battery is overheating. Apple is also working on fixing issues with switching clients between using the device on the iPhone, sometimes with and without a case, Bloomberg said. These issues could lead to Apple ditching the accessory entirely.

Apple is reported to be taking extra care with the new MagSafe accessory after the infamous AirPower bug. In 2017, Apple introduced a wireless charging mat that promised to intelligently charge Apple Watch, iPhone, and AirPods at the same time. But engineering issues eventually forced Apple to abandon the product.

Apple has released several MagSafe accessories so far, including cases, leather wallets and chargers, including a MagSafe Duo charger that can charge an iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time. Apple's MagSafe battery will allow the company to compete with similar devices from other manufacturers.

The Bloomberg report also says Apple wants to eventually create an ecosystem in which many of its devices support reverse charging. This feature was expected in the iPhone 12 series but was later canceled. Unfortunately, the report says new features offered by some of Apple's competitors are unlikely in the near future.

In addition to the iPhone, MageSafe is expected to be used in other Apple products, including the redesigned MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.