has evolved a company Apple has a new iPhone charging accessory in the form of a battery pack that attaches magnetically to the back of the device using MagSafe, according to To report New from Bloomberg.
Although some prototypes have a rubberized exterior, the battery pack is not thought to function as a protective case like previous Apple iPhone battery accessories.
Besides details of the new battery pack, Bloomberg also notes that the iPhone lineup is unlikely to receive support for reverse wireless charging anytime soon.
The battery pack accessory is believed to have been in development for at least a year, but it is reported to have encountered development issues related to the iPhone software which believes the package is getting too hot.
And Bloomberg reports that Apple is cautious about announcing charging accessories, after it was forced to cancel the AirPower charging platform in 2019, a year and a half after it was first announced.
And development problems could mean that a new battery pack accessory may be delayed or even canceled.
The charging package will be the latest in Apple’s lineup of iPhone 12 MagSafe accessories, which are attached to the back of the phone with the help of an integrated magnetic circuit.
Previous accessories included wall chargers, as well as magnetically-attached cases, and MagSafe is said to be returning to Apple’s laptops as well.
Rumors of a new battery supplement first surfaced after a reference to it was found in the code for the iOS 14.5 beta, and a Bloomberg report notes that the reference was later removed.
In addition to the new battery pack, Apple is said to be interested in letting its devices charge each other.
A Bloomberg report indicates that it had planned an iPhone lineup for 2019 to be able to wirelessly charge AirPods, but plans were later canceled, and it seems unlikely that this function will appear in the near future.
Other accessory manufacturers are trying to offer similar functionality to the MagSafe battery pack, and products like this appeared late last year, which were sold through Alibaba and Aliexpress under various names.