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Apple capped iPhone 12 mini wireless charging via MagSafe at 12W

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When used with the younger model in the series – the iPhone 12 mini – the proprietary MagSafe wireless charger will operate in limited power mode, delivering a maximum of 12W instead of the usual 15W. Another nuance related to MagSafe became known after updating a special support page on the Apple website, the MacRumors edition drew attention to.

One would assume that the developers decided to limit the charging speed in order to prevent overheating and prolong battery life. However, all other models in the series – iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max – will be able to charge from MagSafe at 15W full power. And this is quite strange, considering that the iPhone 12 mini is, in fact, the same iPhone 12, only in a more compact body. All this suggests that these restrictions were created artificially. On the other hand, 12 W is better than 7.5 W when using “regular” Qi chargers. Needless to say, MagSafe is also technically a Qi charger, only supplemented by a patented magnetic mount system.

Another nuance – when connecting Lightning accessories (the same EarPods, for example) while charging the iPhone 12, the MagSafe power will be limited to 7.5 watts.

Apple previously warned that at full power (15W) the MagSafe wireless charger will only work with the new branded 20W adapter, while other units (including the 96W from the MacBook) will be limited to 10W power.

Pre-sales of the iPhone 12 mini will kick off in the US at the same time as the iPhone 12 Pro Max on November 6, with free sales starting a week later on November 13. The start date of official Ukrainian sales and hryvnia prices for iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max are still unknown.

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