According to a leak from last month, it was suggested that Apple could be looking to introduce a new wireless charging accessory for the iPhone. However, it will not necessarily come in the form of the AirPower charging mat we saw before. Instead, it will be a circular device that attaches to the iPhone magnetically on the back.
Whether or not that is true remains to be seen, but thanks to a report from Macotakara, it appears that they have spotted a listing by Japanese accessory maker MPOW who has unveiled their own magnetic wireless charging accessory for the “new iPhone”. Given that the current iPhone does not support this type of charging, this accessory could clue us in as to what we might be able to expect from Apple.
This type of magnetic charging technology isn’t new and Apple has actually been using it with the Apple Watch for quite a while now. We can’t speak to the charging speed of this accessory, but it could be interesting to learn more about. It could also help deal with placement issues which are associated with wireless charging, since this snaps into place, thus ensuring that iPhones are charged every time they’re connected.
What’s also interesting is that a rumor from last week hinted that Apple could actually be looking to revive the MagSafe branding, except that it will be used to refer to this magnetic wireless charging accessory instead of the MacBook’s magnetic charging system.