Apple announces MagSafe wireless charging for iPhone 12

  • Apple revealed the brand new iPhone 12 on Tuesday afternoon during its annual iPhone event.
  • Alongside the new phone, Apple announced a new $40 wireless charging mat named MagSafe — a nod to the beloved charging port that appeared on Apple laptops for years.
  • The new charger is Apple’s second attempt to break into wireless charging. The company previously revealed — and almost launched — a product named “AirPower” that was eventually cancelled in a rare move from Apple.
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Apple is making a second attempt at wireless charging with a new product named MagSafe — a nod to the beloved charging port that was part of every Apple laptop for years.

The new $40 device enables Apple’s latest iPhone, the iPhone 12, to wireless charge. The phone magnetically snaps onto the charger, and Apple has a variety of new accessories to go alongside

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iPhone 12 will have wireless charging: Here’s what we know


The iPhone 12 will feature wireless charging, as past models have.


At a virtual event today (here’s how to watch the livestream), Apple revealed the iPhone 12iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. It’s now been confirmed that the new phones will have 5G capabilities and a new design, and will start at $699 for the Mini. We also now know that the iPhone 12 will feature wireless charging, as every iPhone has integrated that since the iPhone 8. Apple has also introduced a magnetic iPhone MagSafe charger, which uses magnetic pins to connect the charging cable with the device.

The MagSafe charger delivers up to 15 watts of power to your phone. It’s in the form of a magnetic attachment system for different accessories, which can snap onto the back of your phone, including cases. If

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100W wireless charging could be a thing next year

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra fast wireless charging screen

  • A new leak points to 100W wireless charging by several brands in 2021.
  • Heat and battery degradation would likely be two key challenges for the tech.

We’ve seen major strides in fast charging in the last two years, as smartphone manufacturers like Huawei, BBK, and Xiaomi upped the ante for both wired and wireless charging. We’ve previously seen wired charging top out at ~120W in recent months, but wireless charging solutions aren’t far behind, either.

Now, frequent leaker Digital Chat Station has claimed that several manufacturers are targeting 100W wireless charging for phones launching in 2021. Check out the post below.

Digital Chat Station 100W wireless charging

This would be a major leap over current wireless charging standards. We’ve seen 40W wireless charging in the likes of the Oppo Ace 2 and Huawei P40 Pro Plus respectively. Oppo has also announced 65W wireless charging technology earlier this year, although we haven’t seen it on a commercial

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Apple to Allegedly Rekindle ‘MagSafe’ Brand for Magnetic iPhone Case and Wireless Charging Accessories

A Chinese Weibo account going by the name “Kang” this morning posted allegedly accurate information for every product set to be announced at the upcoming Apple event on October 13, including details and launch dates for the full iPhone 12 lineup, and the rumored HomePod mini.

In addition, the original post also claims that Apple will announce a new magnetic iPhone case with “MagSafe” and two official Apple wireless chargers called “MagSafe Charger” and “MagSafe Duo Charger,” one or both of which will have a 15-Watt power output.

The “MagSafe” brand name will resonate with readers who remember Apple’s magnetically attached MagSafe power connector, which first appeared on MacBook Pro models in 2006 but despite its popularity was eventually discontinued across all Apple product lines between 2016 and 2019 and replaced with USB-C.

Back in August, images shared on Weibo that were said to be from the ‌iPhone 12‌ depict

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The US Army wants to build an autonomous drone charging system

The US Army is looking to build an autonomous charging system that can support hundreds of drones. It has funded a four-year research project with the ultimate aim of kitting out ground-based vehicles with charging stations that swarms of drones can fly to by themselves. 

a close up of a bicycle: A quadcopter drone

A quadcopter drone

The University of Illinois Chicago landed an $8 million contract from the Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory. Researchers will work on a system that will enable small drones to determine the location of the closest charging station, travel there and juice up before returning to their mission. The university is working on algorithms to help the drones determine the best route to a charging port. 


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“Imagine in the future, the Army deploying a swarm of hundreds or thousands of unmanned aerial systems,” Dr. Mike Kweon, program manager for the Army Research Laboratory’s Versatile Tactical Power and Propulsion Essential

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Realme phone with 125W fast charging tech coming soon

diagram, schematic

Realme might introduce its industry-leading 125W SuperDart fast charging technology on a smartphone soon. The company is teasing the first smartphone with the charging technology will debut in Europe soon. Realme’s CEO for Europe and India, Madhav Sheth has tweeted a photo of a power brick along with some hints in the caption. Those hints could be for a Realme 7-series phone that might get this 125W fast charging solution.

“We’re planning #FAS7ER things for @realmeeurope – so stay tuned!” wrote Madhav Sheth on Twitter. This points to a model under the Realme 7 series, but we are not sure if that will be brand new or an existing one. Realme sells three models under the 7-series: Realme 7i, Realme 7, and Realme 7 Pro. There has been some chatter around the Realme 7 Pro SE, so that might be the candidate for 125W charging tech we are looking at.

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Spark Connected’s Breakthrough 30W Tablet Wireless Charging Solution

Spark Connected, ( a global leader in developing advanced and innovative wireless power technology and system level solutions, revealed The Minotaur wireless charging solution today – designed and engineered to charge tablets.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:

The Minotaur is Spark Connected’s 30W wireless charging solution designed and engineered to charge tablets at 95% efficiency. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Minotaur 30W solution provides breakthrough power, efficiency, flexibility, and ease of integration required to charge the thinner, portable, more powerful devices that enable our increasingly connected world. This solution is ideal for many consumer and industrial portable devices and applications available in the market today that require power levels higher than 15W including tablets, Chromebooks, large form factor smartphones, MedTech, gaming, and Industry 4.0 devices.

According to Ruwanga Dassanayake, Chief Operating Officer at Spark Connected, “I am enormously proud of the breakthroughs we have made

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India’s latest budget phone brings 65W charging, 90Hz screen for under $240

Realme Narzo 20 Pro official

  • Realme has launched its Narzo 20 series of phones.
  • The top-end model features a 90Hz screen and 65W charging for ~$220.

Realme launched the budget-focused Narzo family of phones earlier this year, and it’s now followed up with the Narzo 20 series. The family consists of three devices, namely the Narzo 20 Pro, Narzo 20, and Narzo 20A. So what makes each device stand out?

The Narzo 20 Pro is the most impressive device of the lot, featuring a Helio G95 mid-range gaming processor, 65W charging, a 4,500mAh battery, and a 6.5-inch FHD+ LCD screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. The charging speed in particular means you can go from zero to 100% juice in just 38 minutes, with 14% capacity in just three minutes.

Realme’s Pro variant also serves up a 48MP quad rear camera setup (featuring an 8MP ultra-wide shooter and two 2MP sensors as well), a 16MP

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