A similarity of the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro is battery life or lack thereof. Both are okay, however this is one rung down from last year’s iPhones. usually get about four and a half hours of usage per charge on a mix of 4G, 5G and WiFi. Now, this is barely a day’s usage, with a small buffer amount of charge. For comparison, I was easily able to get at least a day’s usage from both the iPhone 11 as well as the iPhone XR. A day per charge is acceptable, but it would’ve more reassuring to have a wider safety net for those days where you go hard.
On a charging related note, Apple has made a rather interesting decision to stop providing power bricks and earbuds with their iPhones for environmental concerns. All you will get in the box, other than your iPhone, is a USB-C to Lightning cable. Personally, I do not think it’s a big deal. Apple’s Earpods are not the best, and most people have a power adaptor anyway. The tricky thing is Apple’s selection of cable. You will need to have a adaptor with a USB C port to use the cord (or a computer) but unless you’re upgrading from an iPhone 11 Pro Max, your iPhone charger will have a USB connector.
One can always use the old charger & cable, but you will not see faster charging speeds that the iPhone 12 can have. And if you want to pick up a USB C charging unit, you will be outlaying $30 in order to get one.
Do not forget, Apple also has their new wireless charging protocol: called MagSafe. MagSafe is a puck-like wireless charger that magnetically snaps to the back of the iPhone 12. This gives the best alignment to achieve the fastest wireless charge, it also means you can use your iPhone as it is charging – which you can’t with a standard wireless charger. You’ll able to achieve a faster charge with a wired charger, however MagSafe can charge the iPhone 12 from zero charge to about 40% in around half an hour.
And using MagSafe will cost you more. You’ll have to pay roughly about $65.00 just for the charger itself, and $28.99 should you need the USB C charging adaptor. If you are wanting the magnets to connect to your case or cover, you’ll need to purchase a MagSafe cover. A MagSafe charger can provide charge through most cases, it will not stick to it. Apple’s MagSafe covers start at $79.
Yes there are parts of Apple’s MagSafe which are OEM, it will charge as a normal old wireless charger that operates with any phone that supports wireless charging. Charge time is will not be as fast. Right now, MagSafe is a fun and costly option, but I’m really curious in seeing where the ecosystem will lead.
As many of us don’t need a MagSafe charger for home, there is a lot of potential for MagSafe accessories such as car mounts where this will genuinely save time.
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