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Third MagSafe chargers are about to get a lot more varied, as Apple now offers an updated MagSafe module to manufacturers that isn’t the bright white circle that’s been standard since launch.
To date, accessory manufacturers have expressed frustration over AppleInsider about their lack of ability to create MagSafe chargers with other colors or different surface materials. They should all have a white silicone charging surface that does not always fit with the aesthetics of the product.
AppleInsider has been able to confirm that Apple has made some changes to its MFi program and introduced a new MagSafe module that can be covered and designed with different materials.
Official Apple MFi Components
Any third-party manufacturer wishing to create an accessory that uses any of Apple’s connectivity methods must use official Apple components and complete a rigorous certification process.
Consider the Apple Watch charging puck: Apple provides the proprietary charging module directly to manufacturers to integrate into their products. And the same goes for the Lightning connector.
Apple then takes the product and puts it through various security and performance tests before it is certified and assigned a dedicated ID.
This ensures that the charger is safe for your device, performs to Apple standards, and is of the same quality as buying directly from Apple. You’ll recognize one of these tested and certified devices by the telltale Made for iPhone (or Made for Apple Watch) logo on the side of the box.
Manufacturers go to great lengths, and significant expense, to earn this badge of honor and it is a mark of trustworthiness to consumers.
Because MagSafe falls into this category, until recently, Apple-certified MagSafe chargers to date have the same soft-touch, glossy white MagSafe surface. The charger you get from Nomad or Belkin works, looks and feels like the one from Apple but with a different design.
The state of MagSafe
With MagSafe, things can get confusing. Apple offers two methods to charge iPhones wirelessly and users can choose between Qi and MagSafe.
If you’ve ever come across a magnetic wireless charger that doesn’t bear the Made for iPhone badge, it’s just a 7.5W Qi charger with a ring of magnets. This differs from MagSafe, which can charge up to 15W.
Now, Apple introduces a new official MFi MagSafe component. Since it’s an official part, it has fast charging speeds, but Apple will now allow the charging surface to be covered.
This will pave the way for a whole new world of MagSafe chargers that don’t have to be completely white and can instead be designed in many different ways. We can have MagSafe with dark profiles, premium leather surfaces, or covered in fun patterns.
We have already seen the first of these chargers in Anker’s New 3-in-1 MagSafe Cube. This ditches the white circle for a smoother top surface with a raised rubber ring.
This is the only MagSafe charger to offer 15W of power with a non-white surface. Other accessory manufacturers they have spoken with AppleInsider With the promise of anonymity, they have said that they are already working on new devices with hidden MagSafe chargers.
MagSafe didn’t get any new features with the iPhone 14 series, but at least the accessories will have a completely new look.