With the release of the iPhone 12 in 2020, MagSafe was added to the iPhone. Outside of the polarising MagSafe Battery Pack, Apple hasn’t really expanded its lineup of accessories that use MagSafe technology.
New images on Twitter purport to show a MagSafe accessory that Apple allegedly developed but never released: the “Magic Charger.”
Images of this unreleased MagSafe accessory were shared on Twitter today by user @TheBlueMister. One of several accounts that frequently share photos of unreleased and prototype Apple devices and accessories. Duan Rui’s Twitter account also shared images of the accessory.
When this accessory is plugged into a Mac, the name “Magic Charger” appears. The Magic Charger is essentially an aluminum base with an integrated MagSafe puck. The MagSafe puck can be adjusted to lay flat or at an angle, similar to a stand.
There is no word on the Magic Charger’s other features, nor do we know why Apple never released it. The apparent reason is that it does not appear to be a particularly useful or practical accessory.
In practice, this Magic Charger appears to be almost worthless. When the MagSafe puck is inserted into the Magic Charger, it appears that you can only use your iPhone in landscape mode or lay it flat.
The MagSafe Battery Pack has also caused controversy. While it is useful for topping off your iPhone, the small battery size and bulky design make it unsuitable for daily use.
The MagSafe Wallet is my personal favorite Apple MagSafe accessory, and it’s gotten even better with a recent update that added Find My support.
Third-party accessory manufacturers have done a far better job of finding innovative ways to use MagSafe technology. This “Magic Charger” demonstrates that there are even worse ideas that, thankfully, haven’t seen the light of day.