Counterfeiters Preparing for Launch of USB-C MagSafe Battery Pack

Images of fake MagSafe Battery Packs with a USB-C charging port instead of Lightning are being shared on social media sites, potentially hinting at preparations to mirror Apple's release of such an accessory.

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The current MagSafe Battery Pack is a widely counterfeited accessory, but most one-to-one replicas available to date feature a Lightning port. The latest series of images, shared across X (formerly Twitter) and Weibo, depict the same one-to-one replicas but with a USB-C charging port.

The entire iPhone 15 lineup is expected to move away from Lightning and feature a USB-C charging port for the first time, and Apple is expected to bring USB-C to other devices and accessories over the next year. It is not clear if Apple plans to release a new version of the ‌MagSafe Battery Pack‌ with a USB-C port, but it is expected to do so with other accessories such as the AirPods Pro's ‌MagSafe‌ Charging Case alongside the release of the ‌iPhone 15‌ models.

On the most recent episode of The MacRumors Show podcast, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said that Apple is seeking to move to USB-C across its lineup of accessories by next year, likely including the ‌MagSafe Battery Pack‌. The transition will apparently be relatively fast, mirroring the transition to the Lightning connector following its introduction in 2012.

"They're going to need to do a new ‌MagSafe‌ Duo with USB-C," Gurman said, and Apple "certainly can update the ‌MagSafe‌ battery pack" to add USB-C. It is not entirely clear if these refreshed accessories will be introduced at its "Wonderlust" event on Tuesday, September 12, but the proliferation of images of fakes could hint that Apple is preparing to launch some of them next week.

In addition, Gurman explained that an all-new MagSafe Battery Pack is in development, but it is not yet ready to be introduced. The next-generation battery pack apparently involves a new concept that allows users to "daisy-chain" multiple battery packs together by stacking them and wirelessly charge multiple devices at the same time. For example, it will be possible to charge two iPhones at the same time, with one placed on either side of the battery pack.

Top Rated Comments

Pakaku Avatar
8 months ago

It fake works fine, why pay Apple?
Because it's a rip-off. Why support awful knock-off copycats when there are plenty of legit third-party companies out there who sell stuff without all of the shamelessness.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
8 months ago
It’s gotten to the point where the only safe place to buy accessories like this is from Apple.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LV426 Avatar
8 months ago

i've always bought counterfeit accessories and never had a problem. and i will continue to do so. no point in paying the apple tax for them.
People die every year using dangerous fake chargers. Something can give the illusion of working properly, yet kill you if it is poorly designed. It’s not worth the risk. Some years ago, a spate of charger fires and electrocutions led Apple to promote a fake charger “amnesty” where you could swap out a fake item for the genuine thing AT COST. Apple made no money out of it.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lamboaudi4 Avatar
8 months ago

Knockoff doesn't necessarily translate to cheap quality or dangerous. Heck you can find cheaper knockoff of fashion products close real products.

If you know what to look for, you can save tons of money. There are tons of good quality knockoff Megsafe battery packs and accessories.
I'd much rather pay more for chargers with proper safety mechanisms than get it off of some dodgy man from eBay. Don't be a cheapskate and put yourself and others at risk just to save a few shillings.
https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/news/2014-news/fake-iphone-charger-danger-revealed-by-brigade/
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mousse Avatar
8 months ago

i've always bought counterfeit accessories and never had a problem. and i will continue to do so. no point in paying the apple tax for them.
I hope you meant 3rd Party accessories. Most of the time, I prefer 3rd party accessories because they're usually cheaper and sometimes better. Often a better value.

Counterfeit usually are lower quality that relies on deception. Good 3rd party items stands on its own merits.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BeerDrinkerDan Avatar
8 months ago
I'm not entirely certain people on this forum/thread understand the difference between counterfeit and 3rd party.

-dan
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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