The launch of the iPhone 13 has yet to be officially confirmed, but in the meantime, a revised MagSafe charger has appeared in a filing with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that could come alongside the new iPhone series. The US FCC listing has also listed the iPhone 12 models as “legacy” devices, while listing four “New Phone” items that could be the iPhone 13 variants. Aside from the new iPhone models, the upgraded MagSafe charger appears to be being tested on AirPods Pro.
The US FCC filing, which was: initially spotted by tipster Dave Zatz, shows the new MagSafe Charger with model number A2548. This is in contrast to the existing charger that Apple launched last year alongside the iPhone 12 family, which is identified as A2140.
The U.S. FCC filing, filed on August 13, shows that the following MagSafe charger has been tested on a list of devices. It included the “Legacy Phone” items with model numbers A2341, A2172, A2176, and A2342. Specifically, these are the US versions of iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 12 mini.
In addition to existing iPhone models, the FCC filing suggests that the MagSafe charger has been tested on four new Apple phone models. These can be iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 mini. However, the filing does not include model numbers to provide concrete details.
The documents available as part of the U.S. FCC filing also don’t provide exact information about what’s improved about the new MagSafe charger over the existing option.
Nevertheless, earlier this year tipster Max Weinbach suggested that the 2021 iPhone models would feature improved MagSafe technology with stronger magnets compared to that available on the iPhone 12 models. Some improvements to the wireless charging coil size and charging speed are also speculated.
In July, it was reported that iPhone 13 models could support wireless charging through the new MagSafe technology. This suggests that the new iPhone family could be able to wirelessly charge your existing Apple devices – just as companies, including Huawei and Samsung, have been offering on their flagships for some time now.
We have to wait for the official announcement to understand the changes. That said, Apple is rumored to be hosting its September virtual event next week, where the iPhone 13 models are expected to be unveiled. It could also be where we could see the new MagSafe charger and some other accessories.