Unless you own the iPhone 12 Pro Max, chances are you haven’t been all that thrilled with the battery life on the iPhone 12. With previous iPhone models, Apple has released battery packs to help get you through the day until you can reach a charger. Until now, the mantle for iPhone 12 lineup was picked up by the likes of Mophie and Anker.
Starting today, you can head to your local Apple Store and pick up the all-new MagSafe Battery Pack. As the name suggests, it connects to the back of your iPhone via MagSafe and will wirelessly charge your iPhone until the pack is depleted.
Apple has been a bit quiet when it comes to the specs of the Battery Pack. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that we’re rapidly approaching the launch of the iPhone 13. So to say this was an overdue accessory would be an overstatement.
Apple MagSafe Battery Pack details
Nevertheless, the MagSafe Battery Pack is priced at $99 and will wirelessly charge your iPhone 12 when attached. There’s a USB-C port on the bottom of the battery, allowing for fast charging speeds when the pack is depleted. Charging speeds between the iPhone and Battery Pack are rated for 15W, which is the same offered by the MagSafe charger from Apple.
Those who have at least a 20W charging adapter will be able to re-charge both the Battery Pack and the iPhone quickly. Apple has even made it possible to use the Battery Pack as a portable wireless charger for your AirPods. Unfortunately, this won’t work with your Apple Watch thanks to the need for Apple’s awkward proprietary charging puck.
Yesterday, Apple released iOS 14.7 which includes a slew of bug fixes. But it also made it possible for your iPhone 12 to work with this new Battery Pack.
If you want a portable battery that just slaps onto the back of your iPhone, you can head over to your local Apple Store and pick one up today. Just beware that it only comes in one color, and the battery capacity itself may be a bit underwhelming. To be honest, unless you have an iPhone 12 mini, you might want to just steer clear of this one for now.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.