MagSafe Battery Pack Prototype Shows Earlier Design With Glossy Plastic and Rear LED

Images of a prototype Apple MagSafe Battery Pack have today been shared online, revealing a look at the iPhone accessory from when it was in internal development.

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The images, which come from Twitter account @ArchiveInternal, show a prototype version of Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack which differs from the final retail version of the Battery Pack in a number of ways. The prototype features a glossy white plastic shell, identifier information printed on the side, a different rear surface material with no embossed MagSafe alignment ring, and an LED on the rear instead of the bottom.

Despite not having an embossed ‌MagSafe‌ alignment ring, the prototype still has a faint circular outline that indicates the presence of ‌MagSafe‌ technology. It is possible that the prototype is simply missing the additional rubbery layer present on the final ‌MagSafe Battery Pack‌.

The placement of the LED charging indicator on the back of the Battery Pack is curious since it would be obscured by the ‌iPhone‌ it is attached to, which may have led to the decision to move it to the right of the Lightning port on the bottom.

Apple has been known to put LED charging indicators in particular places in the past, such as on the first-generation AirPods, which featured a LED indicator inside the charging case, where it could not be seen when the case was closed. Apple changed this with the second iteration of the device, when it moved the LED to the front exterior of the AirPods charging case.

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Apple was rumored to launch a magnetic external battery for some time before finally launching the ‌MagSafe Battery Pack‌ in July 2021. The company's work on the accessory became apparent in mid-February 2021 after the launch of the second iOS 14.5 beta, where MacRumors discovered a mention of a mysterious "battery pack" in the code. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman later confirmed that Apple was indeed working on a ‌MagSafe Battery Pack‌ designed for the ‌iPhone‌ 12, while other rumors alleged that the accessory would have reverse wireless charging.

The ‌MagSafe Battery Pack‌ was reportedly hindered by development problems and software issues prior to its release, and the accessory has had a mixed reaction from customers since its launch.

Images and videos of Apple prototype devices are frequently shared online by collectors, with recent findings including transparent AirPods, an Apple Watch Series 3 with additional connectors, and even a working AirPower prototype.

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rpmurray Avatar
33 months ago
I wonder if we'll ever see a prototype of the Apple Polishing Cloth.
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orbital~debris Avatar
33 months ago

We haven't already? Same microfiber tech but much less durable. ('https://doyouremember.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/toiler-paper.jpg')
Probably late in noticing, but congrats on the 'Staff member' status, @AngerDanger ?
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AngerDanger Avatar
33 months ago

I wonder if we'll ever see a prototype of the Apple Polishing Cloth.
We haven't already? Same microfiber tech but much less durable. ('https://doyouremember.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/toiler-paper.jpg')
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mtneer Avatar
33 months ago
I hope Apple releases a smart battery case too. The MagSafe battery is like having to carry two separate devices.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
blairh Avatar
33 months ago
I really like mine. However it works best if used at the start of the day versus needing more juice later in the day.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
33 months ago

Are you sure you have the original one?
Bought mine on day one. Straight from Apple.



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