iPhone 12 reveals great things: Apple’s Lightning successor is called …


Don’t worry, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro still have a Lightning connector. But if you looked closely at the presentation, you could already spot the successor – Apple’s plans are obvious. There is now an explanation in the current edition of my weekend column.

There weren’t any major surprises at the Apple event for the iPhone 12 (mini) and iPhone 12 Pro (Max), the rumor mill predicted almost exactly the four new cell phones and their properties. Still, Apple kept an extra, a technology that could change the iPhone more in the future than better cameras, displays or other features ever could.

iPhone 12 already reveals it: Apple’s MagSafe inherits Lightning

My thesis: MagSafe on the iPhone will make Lightning obsolete in the medium to long term, because Apple has already installed the successor to today’s standard connection and it’s not called USB-C. Why? Already weeks and months ago there were reports that Apple wanted to introduce at least one iPhone in the next year, which will do without all known connections. After seeing MagSafe for the iPhone, I know there is more to the rumor than one or the other user would like.

It’s no secret that the majority of data transmissions on the iPhone are already wireless, and in the end, Lightning is still often used for charging electricity. The reason is understandable: the wireless Qi option was previously too imprecise. A piece next to the charging coil and the charge is already running dry – you usually only notice when it is too late and the iPhone should be ready for use again. The magnetic alignment of MagSafe prevents such errors, correct charging always and everywhere – wirelessly and safely. This would create the basis for deleting Lightning … would be.

MagSafe for the iPhone from Apple explained in detail:

One challenge still remains: charging via the Qi standard has not yet been fast, it is limited to 7.5 watts. MagSafe, however, has already been designed by Apple to be faster than Qi, creating 15 watts. What is missing now is a suitable charging mat. This could then appear as a kind of resurrection of the failed AirPower project next year together with a real, wireless iPhone. In short: The evidence of Apple’s huge plans is growing.

My thoughts on the weekend: The column aims to provide food for thought and reflect on the “flood of news” of the week towards the end. A small selection of the previous articles in the column:

Built-in “copy protection”

And one more “small” thing: The new MagSafe for the iPhone 12 also contains NFC, which is used to identify suitable accessories. In the future, however, it will not only be about cases, etc., but also about a lot more devices. Nice side effect: NFC probably also serves as a kind of copy protection for Apple, only accessories authorized and thus licensed by Apple will work. Apple regains control of the entire range of accessories after Lightning was more or less “cracked” and the market has been flooded with cheap, unauthorized cables for years. MagSafe puts a stop to the hustle and bustle. Partly to the advantage (everything works without incompatibilities), partly to the disadvantage (it becomes more expensive) for the user.

Messenger of the future – the new iPhone 12 with MagSafe:

In this respect, I am still unsure: Do I find MagSafe really awesome now or will the user be increasingly patronized again in the future and deprived of the selection of cheap alternatives. But I am not upset about anyone who, like me, has been an Apple user for 25 years, the change has passed into their blood – everything stays different, have a nice Sunday!

Note: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and are not necessarily the position of the entire GIGA editorial team.

Sven Kaulfuss
Sven Kaulfuss, GIGA expert for Apple, antiques and precocious sayings.

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