iPhone 12 MagSafe is the sleeper feature that could outshine 5G
Apple's MagSafe, which allows you to magnetically snap on attachments, may be the new feature in the iPhone 12 family that provides you with the most immediate impact. And that's knowing that the company -- and the entire wireless industry -- has spent a huge amount of time shining a spotlight on 5G.
It's almost sacrilege for me to write this. After all, I've been covering the potentially game-changing nature of 5G since 2015, when I first wrote about Verizon's intention to field-test the super-fast cellular technology. But the truth is that initial deployments don't represent huge boosts in speed, and your first experience with 5G may elicit a shrug.
MagSafe, on the other hand, offers some tangible benefits regardless of where you live or whether you're near the right cell tower. A MagSafe connection charges faster than previous iPhones, bringing it on par with the quick charge that Android phones have long enjoyed. And, as dumb as this sounds, there's something cool about watching your phone snap into place, visual confirmation that you didn't fumble the placement of your device.
"There's no more guessing where the sweet spot is," said Ramon Llamas, an analyst with IDC.
MagSafe has its own long-term potential that's exciting. The magnetic pins on the back of the phone harken back to other attempts to push an ecosystem of attachments, from Motorola's Moto Mods to the Essential Phone PH-1's modular camera. Neither of those companies moved enough phones -- the ...
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