Do you have an iPhone 12? Be careful to read the mentions on the accessories in detail: Apple is adding details, such as the fact that the MagSafe Duo charger cannot charge the latest iPhones at more than 11W, instead of the 15W normally possible – when plugged into a 20W adapter.
iPhone 12, ARM macs, accessories … Recently, we have a small complaint to make against Apple: the lack of precision in his presentations. Indeed, the firm focuses its communication more on the benefits of its new products, rather than focusing on numerical comparisons – which we know, moreover, can also be misleading.
However, when Apple announces something, such as the exceptional power of its new Macs with the new ARM M1 chip, for example, we are tempted to believe it. In this case, the first independent tests show that the performance of the new Apple Silicon macs is quite breathtaking, whether from the point of view of autonomy on portable models, or of power, including with applications that are not not yet optimized for the new architecture.
The MagSafe Duo will only charge your iPhone 12 to more than 11W if you buy a more expensive 27W adapter
However, sometimes it also happens that this strategy of the firm also misleads its customers. This is the case with some MagSafe accessories. After learning that the MagSafe charger can damage some iPhone 12 cases, and that the classic MagSafe needs a precise adapter to charge at 15W we discover that the power of the MagSafe Duo, which can simultaneously recharge an iPhone 12 and an Apple Watch, lacks peps with the initially recommended power supply unit.
On paper, all official MagSafe chargers should achieve a 15W charging power. Which, given the small battery of the iPhone 12, allows them to charge wirelessly rather quickly. The MagSafe Duo charger seemed to be no exception. But Apple has since updated the product description with this precision around the recommended power supply:
“We recommend the 20W power adapter (sold separately) for faster wireless charging up to 11 W. A 27W or higher USB-C charger (sold separately) is required for faster wireless charging up to 14W. ” , says Apple. In addition, this confusion is undoubtedly the consequence of removing the charger recommended in the boxes of Apple products.
It will take some getting used to, but long gone are the days when the ideal charger for each product was included in the box …