Images of Unreleased 'Apple Magic Charger' Surface Online

Images of an unreleased Apple MagSafe charging accessory called the "Apple Magic Charger" have surfaced online over the past couple of weeks.

unreleased apple magic chargerImage via @TheBlueMister

Rare Apple product collector and Twitter user "TheBlueMister" first shared images of the unreleased accessory earlier this month. Since then, other collectors based in Asia seem to have got their hands on Design Validation Test (DVT) versions of the device and are sharing images of it online.

TheBlueMister has set about disassembling the accessory to restore it to working order, showing some of this process on Twitter. Connection to a Mac reveals that the unreleased accessory is called the "Apple Magic Charger."

The accessory features a rubberized white ‌MagSafe‌ charger inside an anodized aluminum rounded square that can be pushed out into a vertical position. It seemingly has a Space Gray finish and includes a white rubberized base to keep it in place on a surface, as well as a built-in braided USB-C charging cable. It also appears to bear a resemblance to the iPhone Lightning Dock. The Twitter user known as "DuanRui" today shared additional images of the unreleased Apple Magic Charger.

The accessory's design is similar to the hinged Apple Watch charger on the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo and the now-discontinued Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock, and is the first time a ‌MagSafe‌ charger has been seen in a hinged implementation on an official Apple accessory.

The design seems to be somewhat limited for the ‌iPhone‌ since it cannot be pushed upright in portrait orientation on the charger, proving useful for watching content in landscape mode only. The ‌MagSafe‌ puck could, of course, still charge an ‌iPhone‌ when flat, as well as AirPods that have a ‌MagSafe‌ Charging Case.

TheBlueMister says that an early version of the Apple Magic Charger's design was limited to keeping an ‌iPhone‌ in the upright, horizontal position only, and these limitations were apparently among the key reasons that Apple canned the product.

Top Rated Comments

AppleTO Avatar
3 weeks ago
It's kind of ironic that all of this wireless charging nonsense is essentially just trying to replicate docking functionality we've had forever (minus the pins):



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Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wahlstrm Avatar
3 weeks ago

What is so "magic" about this charger?
Heck what is so "magic" about the "magic mouse", "magic keyboard" & "magic trackpad" anyway?

Did someone whisper marketing gimmicks?
In a blink of an eye, half your wallet it gone ?‍♂️
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nerdAFK Avatar
3 weeks ago
What is so "magic" about this charger?
Heck what is so "magic" about the "magic mouse", "magic keyboard" & "magic trackpad" anyway?

Did someone whisper marketing gimmicks?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ignatius345 Avatar
3 weeks ago
Nice. I've never understood the appeal of wanting to pick up your phone and have the charging puck come with it. If I wanted to do that I'd just plug it in to a Lightning cord. When there were first rumors of a magnetic charging puck (MagSafe) I assumed the idea was to address the way Qi chargers can be kind of finicky with alignment, but then it turned out to be something Apple expected you to either leave on, or manually pry off with your fingers when you pick it up. I guess this weighted thing would address that.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
A_Hunger_Artist Avatar
3 weeks ago
Pretty sweet. The braided cable makes me think this is unreleased upcoming product (or recent prototype) versus an older scrapped project - but that could just be wishful thinking on my part!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wildkraut Avatar
3 weeks ago
Is this a smart catapult?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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