The first real photos of Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack are here

Apple’s first official MagSafe battery pack is starting to hit the shelves and an iPhone owner has now captured the first real photos of the gadget. And yes, it’s a chunk.

photo by Steven Russell

photo by Steven Russell

photo by Steven Russell

Apple has been taking the high road for years, possibly for legal reasons, so it’s not to a big surprise – but what was Apple strategic about which angles it revealed when it first announced this new accessory! Compare with Apple’s original render:

Image: Apple

Now here it is Steven Russell, the owner of the new package, with a slightly different angle.

photo by Steven Russell

Thickness isn’t necessarily a bad thing: wireless charging is notoriously inefficient, so Apple needed to put in a decent battery to make it worth it, and it’s probably still thinner than Anker’s option (which admittedly costs less than half the price).

Unlike Apple’s earlier Smart Battery Cases, you may be getting more than just a longer phone life — the snap-on, snap-off MagSafe package seems to double as a Qi wireless charger for other devices. Russell says: it appears to be charging its AirPods Pro wireless charging case, and in theory you could even use it for an Android phone.

I buy one for my iPhone 12 mini. I look forward to seeing how Apple’s image (below) translates into the real world.

Image: Apple