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As someone who used an iPhone with a Home button until 2022, switching to the iPhone 13 mini gave me a new perspective on some of the neat hardware features that Apple’s new flagship phones offer…

In fact, I find these features so useful that I think Android devices could benefit from borrowing some of them.

Qi: is an open interface standard that defines wireless power transfer using inductive charging over distances up to 1.6 inches (4 cm). Developed Wireless Power ConsortiumThe system uses a charging pad and a compatible device (smartphone, smartwatch, wireless headphones) placed on top of the pad to charge wirelessly. There are supposed to be completed 500 manufacturers working with the standard including Apple, Samsung, Google, Asus, Motorola, OnePlus, Sony, Huawei, Xiaomi and more.

Of course, the next-generation Qi charging standard (Qi2) for all phones that support wireless charging is now slated to include Apple’s MagSafe magnetic charging feature. AgainQi2 is soon to become the new unified standard for wireless charging worldwide and will be based on the MagSafe charging technology provided by Apple! I repeat… OK, I won’t.Now, I know (and agree) that foldable Android phones, variable apertures, and 1-inch camera sensors are truly some of the most technically impressive hardware innovations we’ve seen in the last ten years, but here’s a question… How practical and applicable are these features on a day-to-day basis?

On the other hand, you charge your phone every day, and I know for a fact that most people can’t do without charging their phone multiple times a day, be it via cable or an external battery pack…

That’s why I think it’s important to talk about how important MagSafe can become for the smartphone industry and users; why every Android person should celebrate Apple’s innovation drive, and which other features Samsung, Google and other Android phone makers should probably copy from the iPhone rather than the much less useful… I’m throwing that last bit in as a “bonus” because I was already planning a similar story.

Apple’s innovative MagSafe charging technology will arrive on Android by the end of 2023; why Galaxy, Pixel users should be excited

As I’ve been avoiding, after switching from my ancient iPhone 8 in the spring of 2022, MagSafe was one of the most useful features for me, which was surprising because I’ve never found MagSafe to be technically impressive. it is enough to pay close attention to it. Of course, the main idea behind the MagSafe charger is to help make your wireless charging experience more efficient by aligning the back of your phone with the charger, which is great. That said, I wouldn’t be honest with myself if I didn’t admit it I don’t find the MagSafe charger very useful.

That’s because at its core, the MagSafe charger is no different than what my Lightning cable already does. Whether it’s a Lighting or MagSafe “wireless charger”, meanwhileMy iPhone is still charging too much cablewhich with MagSafe actually charges my phone noticeably more slowly the interest rate

What makes MagSafe great, and what Android users should really be excited about, isn’t the MagSafe charger, but the MagSafe accessories.

However, like many Apple products and hardware innovations, the secret lies in the product’s simplicity and, of course, excellent performance. In this case, you need to look beyond MagSafe charger to find out what’s so special about magnets in phones, and for me it’s my favorite… the MagSafe battery pack. XO.

As an For an iPhone 13 mini user who consciously opted for the smallest battery in a flagship phone, Apple’s magnetically attached battery has been what some call a “lifesaver.” In my case, this is especially applicable when I’m on the road. Funny enough, I only bought the MagSafe battery pack about a month ago (especially for a long trip) and already know it won’t be leaving my travel fanny pack anytime soon.

I remind you that The Rock also wears fanny packs, so… go easy on me.

iPhone-like MagSafe wireless charging could be coming to the Pixel 8, Galaxy S24, (ironically) giving people a big reason to choose Android over the iPhone 15.

Regardless of the pros and cons, MagSafe is now almost certain to come to Android phones (potentially) in the second half of 2023.

This means that technically (keyword: technically), upcoming Android phones such as Galaxy Z Fold 5, The Galaxy Z Flip 5, Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, OnePlus 11T (if this is anything to go by), and many more can actually offer iPhone 15-like wireless charging with built-in magnets. Exciting!

I said mine educatedto guess it’s the Chinese phone manufacturers (read: Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo) may jump on the MagSafe bandwagon well before the likes of Samsung and Google. Of course, that’s partly due to their general stance of being “first”, but also, Samsung’s foldable phones (coming in August) are very space-constrained devices that could be better used for larger batteries. .

Google, on the other hand, is simply much less… adventurer when it comes to timely hardware upgrades (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). Of course, Pixel phones are much cheaper than Samsung and Apple flagships, so Sundar Pichai & Co will have another good excuse to skip MagSafe for the Pixel 8 series.

Android finally borrowed a really useful feature from Apple, but there’s more iPhone hardware worth stealing.

No, because we started…

I hope you get what I’m about to suggest in my cheeky “text tone”, but yes, I’m suggesting that Android take over a few more iPhone features (specifically, hardware). Nothing works here…

  • The iPhone ringtone slider (already present on OnePlus’ flagship phones) is truly something every Android device can benefit from, and something every Android user deserves. remember, so am I Pixel 7 Pro user and I admit the Android guy in me wants an alert slider more often than not

  • Face ID! I know I probably just lost half of you with this one, but as a big Touch ID supporter myself, I can’t deny that going from the iPhone 8 and Pixel 6 Pro to the iPhone 13 with Face ID , I feel a little… transformed; Don’t get me wrong, the ideal solution would still be to have Face ID and Touch ID, but Apple’s face unlock technology is just as secure as Touch ID, it’s fast, and noticeably less fussy than when it first launched. with iPhone X; I still can’t unlock my iPhone by looking at it from any angle, but you get used to it…

MagSafe isn’t the (long-term) future of wireless charging, but it’s a better alternative to what Android has right now.

MagSage and what will be the Wireless Power Consortium’s new standard for wireless charging may indeed be an improved version of what we currently know and have as wireless charging on Android, but I say… let’s not confuse “renewal” with “innovation”.

Air (OTA) charging is something that companies have been experimenting with for years, and it stands to reason that this is what the ultimate wireless charging will look like sooner or later. Imagine walking around your house, in and out of your rooms, and your phone just… charging. No effort, no drama.

But that’s much easier said than done, and we know this because over the years many companies have failed to deliver a consumer-ready version of OTA charging. Motherbox, Wi-Charge, Energous, Motorola and recently Xiaomi have demonstrated prototypes of air charging stations that, in addition to being ready for the market, are very inefficient (reaching 5W charging speeds) and potentially harmful : to technology that required multiple antennas to communicate with another dedicated antenna found on your phone (which modern phones don’t even have).

So if that’s out the door, what’s left? MagSafe? For now, maybe! Although my personal opinion is that the forward-thinking and moneyed tech giants will indeed find a way to make sure we never run out of battery, it doesn’t have to be through antennas… What if it’s solar energy?

Let me know how excited you’d be to see MagSafe make its way to the Galaxy S24 and Pixel 8 phones, and why. And maybe not you? I’m all ears/eyes.


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