iPhone 16 Lineup Could Feature Slimmer MagSafe Components

This year's iPhone 16 lineup could see a slight change to the MagSafe alignment magnets compared to previous generations, according to images shared by French case company ShopSystem [Google Translate].

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Casemaking molds for the ‌iPhone 16‌ lineup appear to show a thinner design for the attachment ring magnets and for the single alignment magnet, relative to equivalent molds for the iPhone 15 lineup. The report suggests ‌MagSafe‌ accessory manufacturers may need to adapt their products to fit the new system, but this seems very unlikely as any updated ‌MagSafe‌ system will almost certainly be backwards compatible.

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Presuming the thinner magnets depicted in these molds are accurate, it's unclear if there are additional changes to ‌MagSafe‌ in the upcoming iPhone lineup that could extend to the charging technology. One rumor has, however, indicated the ‌iPhone 16‌ lineup could see increased MagSafe charging speeds with support for up to 20 watts compared to the current standard of 15 watts.

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Top Rated Comments

turbineseaplane Avatar
3 weeks ago
Make them all lighter (and make a smaller iPhone again)

These things are all huge heavy bricks
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannyyankou Avatar
3 weeks ago
As long as it doesn't affect the magnet strength, whatever.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pearple Avatar
3 weeks ago
Where is the Mini mock-up? No mini? No buy!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kiensoy Avatar
3 weeks ago
After having MagSafe on my iPhones since 12, I think Apple should’ve gone with pogo pins like the ones on the back of the iPad Pro. MagSafe connector is too big, gets warm and is not energy efficient.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Surf Monkey Avatar
3 weeks ago
“Any changes to MagSafe will almost certainly be backwards compatible.”

What suggests that assumption? Apple is very good at breaking compatibility and forcing third party manufacturers to revise their products. It appears to be part of their strategy to keep the halo market healthy.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shirasaki Avatar
3 weeks ago

I hope they increase it to 20 watts instead of 15. The additional 5 watts would almost halve the charging time for the iPhone. If the iPad Pro released in May 2024 supports MagSafe charging, it will need to be a minimum of 20 watts.
Yeah but they also have to make sure the thermal checks out for prolonged use.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)