Apple quietly discontinued the MagSafe Battery Pack and MagSafe Duo Charger instantly after unveiling 4 new iPhone 15 fashions with a USB-C port final week. Each equipment had been outfitted with a Lightning connector.
Apple has not commented on why the MagSafe equipment had been faraway from sale, however the transfer was not shocking given the corporate is transitioning away from Lightning. The massive query is, will they ever return with USB-C ports?
As famous by Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber, Apple has usually launched battery packs months after new iPhones. Apple launched Good Battery Instances for the iPhone 6s, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 between two and 4 months after every of these units launched, whereas the MagSafe Battery Pack launched 9 months after the iPhone 12.
“So, perhaps Apple is solely finished promoting the MagSafe Battery Pack,” mentioned Gruber. “However, even when they’ve a brand new USB-C model within the works, I am in no way shocked that it wasn’t launched final week. Let’s look ahead to November.”
In his “Energy On” publication as we speak, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman mentioned he nonetheless expects USB-C variations of the MagSafe Battery Pack and MagSafe Duo Charger to return “finally.” Nevertheless, he mentioned “do not maintain your breath.”
In Might 2022, previous to the MagSafe Battery Pack being discontinued, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo mentioned a USB-C model of the accent can be launched within the “foreseeable future,” but it surely’s unclear if he nonetheless expects this to occur.
Launched in July 2021, the MagSafe Battery Pack was priced at $99 and attaches magnetically to the again of the iPhone 12 and newer, offering hours of extra battery life. The battery pack could be recharged with a Lightning cable.
Launched in December 2020, the MagSafe Duo was a $129 foldable charging mat with a MagSafe charger for iPhones and an Apple Watch charging puck.