One similarity of Apple’s iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro is the phone’s battery life or lack thereof. These iPhones are passable, but this is one step back from last year’s devices. I have generally been getting around just over four hours of usage per charge on a mix of 5G, 4G, as well as WiFi. And for me, this is just a full day of usage, with a small buffer amount. In comparison, I could have about a day and a half from Apple’s iPhone 11 and the iPhone XR. Having a day’s usage is fine, but it would have nice to have a larger safety net for those days where there is a lot usage.
Speaking of charging, Apple, the company has gone with an interesting policy of ceasing bundling earbuds & power bricks with their new iPhones because of environmental reasons. All you will see included in their box – other than the iPhone, is a USB Type C to Lightning cord. Personally, I don’t think it is a big deal. Apple’s Earpods are not the best, and a lot people have a power brick. And the only tricky bit is the choice of cord. You’ll need to have a charging adaptor that has a USB C port to use the cable but if you are coming from an iPhone 11 Pro, your iPhone power brick will use a full-sized USB port.
One may utilise an old cable and charger, however you’ll not get faster charging speeds that your iPhone 12 can provide. Should you desire to purchase a USB C brick, you’re spending $40 in order to buy one.
In addition, Apple additionally now has their cute new wireless charging ecosystem: . MagSafe consists of a circular shaped wireless charger that uses magnets to snap to the back of an iPhone 12. This provides perfect alignment to achieve the fastest wireless charging, and it also means that you can still use your iPhone as it’s juicing and you just can’t with a non MagSafe wireless charger. You will able to have a faster charge with a wired charger, however MagSafe can take your iPhone 12 from zero charge up to about 40% over around thirty minutes.
Of course, purchasing MagSafe is going to cost you more. You’ll need to spend $65 just for the charger itself, as well as another $29 if you need to get a USB-C power brick. And if you want to have the magnets that connect to your case, you’ll need to buy a MagSafe compatible cover. Your MagSafe charger can provide charge through most cases, but it just won’t stick to it. MagSafe cases start at $80.
And while there are parts of Apple’s MagSafe that are for magSafe devices only however, it still functions as a QI wireless charger that’s compatible with any device that uses it. The charge time is a bit slower as quick. Presently, MagSafe is a fun but handy option, but I am really curious to see where the ecosystem will lead.
As many of people don’t need a MagSafe charger for the office, there is much potential for MagSafe accessories like car cradles where it will prove beneficial.
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