Apple’s first line of MagSafe charging accessories for the iPhone is fairly limited: you’ve got the standard MagSafe drive, the MagSafe Duo, the quirky MagSafe Battery Pack, and that’s about it. But new images suggest that Apple is considering releasing a metal stand with an integrated MagSafe charger at some point.
Photos and related details were Shared by Twitter user @TheBlueMister and then Covers MacRumors. @TheBlueMister is among a group of hobbyist collectors sharing details on prototype and early-release Apple devices and accessories on Twitter. More than one person has acquired an “Apple Magic Charger” (as it is identified when plugged into a Mac), which helps lend some credence to its authenticity.
The product features a thick aluminum base with a circular cutout for the MagSafe puck, similar to the Apple Watch charger in the MagSafe Duo, which can lie flat or stand vertically.
There’s a rubberized layer on the bottom to prevent the Magic Charger from moving, and the permanently attached USB-C cable is also visible. The latter seems terrible for overall stability and travel with the item, but I think that’s what the MagSafe Duo is for.
The bigger, more obvious drawback is that the Magic Charger can only really hold the iPhone in landscape orientation; the round magnetic MagSafe washer is too low to hold vertically. Nomad makes a metal MagSafe base it looks pretty similar and supports 15-watt charging – but without the fixed orientation.
My guess is that Apple realized that the Magic Charger’s landscape-only stance was too impractical and inconvenient before this accessory was even close to release. I wonder what, if anything, is the “magic” of its iPhone integration; perhaps Apple was considering unique software experiences like those offered by Google’s Pixel Stand. Or maybe it was just a fancy name for what might be an expensive charger.