Collector of rare Apple products and Twitter user”Mister BlueShared first images of the unreleased accessory earlier this month. Since then, other Asian-based collectors appear to have gotten their hands on Design Validation Test (DVT) versions of the device and are sharing images of them online.
TheBlueMister proceeded to disassemble the accessory to restore its functioning, showing part of this process on Twitter. Connecting to a Mac reveals the unreleased accessory to be called the “Apple Magic Charger.”
The accessory features a rubberized white MagSafe magazine inside a rounded anodized aluminum square that can be pushed upright. It ostensibly has a Space Gray finish and includes a white rubberized base to hold it in place on a surface, as well as an integrated braided USB-C charging cable. It also appears to bear a resemblance to the iPhone Lightning Dock. Twitter user “DuanRui” shared more images of the unreleased Apple Magic Charger today.
The design of the accessory is similar to the MagSafe Duo hinged Apple Watch Charger and the now-discontinued Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock, and is the first time a MagSafe charger has been seen in a hinged implementation on an official Apple accessory.
The design appears to be somewhat limited for the iPhone as it can’t be pushed upright on the charger, making it only useful for watching content in landscape mode. The MagSafe puck could, of course, still charge an iPhone when flat, as could AirPods that have a MagSafe charging case.
TheBlueMister says an early version of the Apple Magic Charger’s design was limited to holding an iPhone in a portrait and landscape position only, and these limitations were apparently among the main reasons Apple boxed the product.
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