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Apple announces MagSafe wireless charging for iPhone 12

Apple announces MagSafe wireless charging for iPhone 12

  • Apple revealed the brand new iPhone 12 on Tuesday afternoon during its annual iPhone event.
  • Alongside the new phone, Apple announced a new $40 wireless charging mat named MagSafe — a nod to the beloved charging port that appeared on Apple laptops for years.
  • The new charger is Apple’s second attempt to break into wireless charging. The company previously revealed — and almost launched — a product named “AirPower” that was eventually cancelled in a rare move from Apple.
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Apple is making a second attempt at wireless charging with a new product named MagSafe — a nod to the beloved charging port that was part of every Apple laptop for years.

The new $40 device enables Apple’s latest iPhone, the iPhone 12, to wireless charge. The phone magnetically snaps onto the charger, and Apple has a variety of new accessories to go alongside the new device — from cases to stands, both made by Apple and from third-parties like Belkin.

In addition to the MagSafe charger, Apple also introduced the MagSafe Duo. Instead of charging just an iPhone, the charger can be opened to charge two devices at once.

Here’s what that looks like in action:

Apple iPhone 12 October event




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Notably, the MagSafe wireless chargers aren’t Apple’s first attempt to break into wireless charging.

Back in 2017, Apple announced a device named AirPower that was intended to serve the same purpose. But two years later, despite the product being announced and its name even appearing on related products, Apple killed the device in a rare move for the smartphone giant.

“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch,” Apple’s senior vice president of hardware

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5G Wireless Existential Business Plans, According to New Report by fibeReality, LLC

5G Wireless Existential Business Plans, According to New Report by fibeReality, LLC

Press release content from Business Wire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.

MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 12, 2020–

fibeReality, LLC announced in a newly published study that the 5G strategy of Verizon Wireless and other mobile network operators is simply about ensuring their sheer survival because of the intense concern of running out of adequate capacity in general, based on the burgeoning data requirements of their current and near-term customers. Verizon’s 5G Enterprise: Hoarding mmWave for Viability states that although being compelled to quickly respond to getting hammered on the marketing side for full nationwide 5G offerings, especially by T-Mobile, Verizon has already gained a vital network cost and efficiency advantage in maximizing its internal scale capability, including deploying the most optimal architectural design, and encompassing its fiber support infrastructure.

“There has been a false industry-wide narrative that the main purpose of 5G is in offering subscribers unique applications broadly, and so, T-Mobile making coverage and penetration its priority, resulting in limited differentiation from 4G smartphones, while ignoring the critical investments necessary in its millimeter wave spectrum, is akin to putting the cart before the horse,” said Mark Lutkowitz, Principal at fibeReality. “At the same time, Verizon has been forced to become more cautious and tentative than usual with its 5G mmWave buildout not only based on the Covid-19 outbreak, but because of the unexpected expenses and of the additional time necessary to deal with technical difficulties.”

Regarding Verizon Wireless CAPEX, the report projects as much as a 20 percent decline in 2021 compared with fibeReality’s estimate in 2019, with a recovery to normal levels starting in 2022, including continuing work to enable its mid-band spectrum footprint. It also forecasts that the operator’s CAPEX for mmWave will be as much as a third

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