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Apple added a small magnet to the iPhone 12 and wanted to recreate an accessory ecology with it

via:GeekPark极客公园     time:2020/10/17 23:49:59     readed:448

MagSafe's future is not just about magnetic charging. Apple has played a retro style on the iPhone 12, and the founder's shape reminds many people of the iPhone 4 released ten years ago. Of course, this is not a simple salute. The more compact design controls the fuselage thickness to an amazing 7.4mm, and the new super ceramic crystal panel prevents it from repeating the fragile failure of the iPhone 4 glass panel. Concept is old, design and technology are new.


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In this article today, I'd like to talk about MagSafe's past, present and future.

Magnetic suction interface on macbook

The concept of MagSafe is derived from the design of the magnetic power interface in Japanese electrical appliances, which is to avoid the safety problems caused by the power cord being pulled apart. In fact, the use of notebook computers also has this hidden danger. Of course, the greater significance is that the magnetic suction charging port does not need to be aligned to automatically adsorb, which improves the use efficiency.

In 2006, Apple introduced MagSafe design into the first generation of MacBook Pro. The five metal pins in the interface are of palindrome design, so it can be absorbed from both sides without intentional alignment. There are indicator lights on both sides of the plug, green means full, red is charging. The design later became an iconic feature on MacBook.

In 2010, MagSafe changed its design, and the T-shaped outlet became L-shaped.

In 2012, it was upgraded to the second generation MagSafe, which is more flat and suitable for light and thin fuselage.

In 2015, the redesigned MacBook (retina display) abandoned MagSafe for the first time, and was gradually replaced by usb-c. There was a lot of controversy at the time, with some saying that Apple abandoned a good design. Of course, looking back now, usb-c is obviously more in line with the future trend than MagSafe in terms of charging efficiency, transmission speed and popularity, while the magnetic suction interface is slightly weaker. It's a matter of choice.

Restart MagSafe on iPhone 12

Apple restarted MagSafe on the iPhone 12. On the one hand, it fills the hole left by airpower to achieve "one-step" wireless charging, and on the other hand, it aims to make the iPhone completely free from cables for a broader future.

The accessories currently on display include two wireless charging stands, the MagSafe charger that charges the iPhone individually, and the MagSafe duo that charges both the iPhone and the apple watch (not available yet). And a range of MagSafe cases, including a holster that can be attached to the case.

Apple says more third-party accessories will be added to the MagSafe ecosystem in the future. Belkin has shown off a three in one charging dock (iPhone, apple watch, airpods) and an in car magnetic suction charger.

Recycling accessories ecology

Did you find out? MagSafe's car charger doesn't need to install metal plates on the phone, which is one of the advantages of the built-in magnet. Recently released Dajiang mobile phone PTZ 4 has added magnetic suction quick disassembly design, which no longer needs complicated installation and leveling work. In fact, the concept is similar to MagSafe in a sense. But its implementation is to install a metal ring bracket (or metal clip) on the mobile phone. If the iPhone has magnets, wouldn't it be much more convenient?

The iPhone 12 has a single turn coil NFC and a magnetic sensor that recognizes accessories and responds, making its imagination space large. The official video has shown the identification of the leather case and the time in a fixed position.

Remember the Nokia N79 and nut phones that can recognize the theme color of the back cover? It's much more convenient to change the mobile phone case than the back cover. With magnetism, it doesn't need to be too tight. Just stick it on. Now it's time for apple to lift its restrictions on iPhone desktop beautification.

Superimposed MagSafe magnetic suction accessories give iPhone the possibility of modularization in a sense. Add zoom lens, add pull ring bracket, these accessories need to be through the phone case before, or stick on the back of the phone, now can be pasted, and Apple release restrictions, change accessories at the same time trigger the corresponding operation, such as through the Apple Mini Programs App Clip to achieve... It's a little far away, but I do n' t think it's impossible.

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Apart from the ecological possibilities of accessories, Apple's greater "ambition" may be to completely wireless iPhone. Under the name of "environmental protection ", apple has not attached a charging head, headset in the iPhone box ,3.5 mm interface may be the next step is to remove the charging port, the future direction is no hole, wireless.

All future visions are based on how Apple will open up MagSafe ecology. Basically, Apple's control of MagSafe will be very strong. If the future vision is wireless, it means that Apple has lost a sum of MFI accessory income, which will be compensated by the new MagSafe certification. Don't forget, iPhone 12 has the function of identifying accessories. At present, only certified charging base can achieve 15W fast charging (7.5W for the third party), so it is not difficult to control.

The MagSafe system of the iPhone 12 is a small surprise of this conference, but from the perspective of the future, it has unlimited possibilities, not just magnetic charging.

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