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iPhone 14 Pro Max has a secret wireless charging update

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro have several upgrades over the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. But there may also have been a subtle MagSafe charging upgrade that Apple hasn’t mentioned before.

Tested and published by ChargerLAB (will open in a new tab) shows that iPhone 14 Pro Max charges faster and at higher peak rates for longer than iPhone 13 Pro Max when powered by Apple’s own MagSafe charging puck.

MagSafe for iPhone has been officially rated 15W (when using a 20W wall charger) since its debut on the iPhone 12 (although it’s slower on the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini). However, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is still better than its predecessor, taking 2 hours and 18 minutes to fill completely, compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s 2 hours and 26 minutes. It’s like a half-hour sprint test where the iPhone 14 Pro Max hits 35% and the iPhone 13 Pro Max falls 30% behind.

We also saw this slight difference in our own wired charging tests. The iPhone 14 Pro Max charges up to 42% in half an hour, compared to 40% for the iPhone 13 Pro Max, both using the same 20W Apple charger.

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Row 0 – cell 0 MagSafe Charging Rate (% Full in 30 Minutes, Tested by ChargerLAB) Wired Charging Rate (% Full in 30 Minutes, Tested by TG)iPhone 14 Pro Max35%42%iPhone 13 Pro Max30%40%

The reason for this increase in speed may be changes in power and temperature management in the A16 chipset and iPhone 14 Pro battery. Differences in battery size may also have had a minor impact. According to third-party teardowns, the iPhone 14 Pro Max battery is 4323mAh, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max uses a 4352mAh battery.

The improved MagSafe speed is probably not a big enough difference to warrant an upgrade or make you feel jealous of iPhone 14 Pro Max owners, but it’s still a benefit of the new model that Apple hasn’t said. For the biggest differences between Apple’s 2022 and 2021 flagship phones, take a look at our iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Throw-in iPhone 13 Pro Max.

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