Apple's MagSafe line of magnetic accessories uses a magnet to attach extras like a battery pack, a leather wallet, a charger, and more to the back of an iPhone. Now, an FCC filing mentioned in a tweet by "technologist" Dave Zatz
reveals that there will be a revised version of the MagSafe charger made available to Apple
iPhone 13 users. The new MagSafe charger will have an Apple model number of A2548 compared to last year's model number of A2140.
The filing was made approximately three weeks ago on August 13th. The FCC tested the new MagSafe charger with what was described by the regulatory agency as "Legacy Phone" with the model numbers of A2341, A2172, A2176, and A2342. Those happen to be the model numbers of the iPhone 12
series. The FCC also said that it tested the charger with four unidentified "New Phone" units which most likely were the iPhone 13 models
Image from FCC filing shows Lightning plug for the MagSafe charger
Earlier this year, one of the rumors surrounding the iPhone 13 series suggested that Apple would mount stronger magnets inside the iPhone 13
. This way there would be no more worrying about chargers and other accessories falling off the back of an iPhone 13 unit because of a weak magnetic attraction.
FCC image shows MagSafe charger for the iPhone...
We could see the unveiling of the iPhone 13 series take place a week from tomorrow which would be next Tuesday. Any changes made to the MagSafe line will certainly be mentioned during the event. There is some speculation that the charging case for the unannounced AirPods
3 will be compatible with the MagSafe charger and some images from the FCC filing certainly suggests that possibility.
...and possibly for the new MagSafe charger