YouTuber EverythingApplePro shared several images today showing what appears to be an array of magnets that will be inside the upcoming iPhone 12.
The first image shows a total of 38 magnets – 36 in the the ring and two larger ones below it. In addition to this, it seems as though Apple are planning on overlapping one of the panels on the right over the panel with 36 magnets in a circle. This would mean that there is a magnet in the centre of the array of magnets with two magnets below the circle, making 39 magnets in total in the iPhone 12.
Alongside this, the second image gives includes a schematic that shows where these magnets will go on the new iPhone. Based on the camera cutout, this is likely that the iPhone shown in the schematic is an iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The array of magnets will be going into the centre of the iPhone, normally where the Wireless Charging pad goes. The two bigger magnets shown in the first will be going directly below the circle of magnets.
The third image gives a closer look at another circular set of magnets glued onto a small piece of plastic. In this image, there are 36 magnets, exactly like the first image, but is excluding the two larger magnets below the circle shown in the first image.
The purpose of these magnets is still unknown though. Considering it is going into the same place as the Wireless Charging pads, it would suggest that it is related to wireless charging. The leaker, EverythingApplePro, suggests that the magnets will be used for mounting or for a “snap-in” wireless charging solution.
It’s also possible that Apple are adding these magnets to the iPhone 12 as it will have ‘PowerDrop’, which is the rumoured name for the power-exchange feature that Apple are developing. PowerDrop is rumoured to be quite similar to Samsung’s PowerShare feature, which allows you to charge other devices by placing your phone on the rear of your Samsung phone.
The iPhone 12 is expected to be announced this October (or very late September) alongside the Apple Watch Series 6. Apple have yet to share any information on an upcoming event.
Credit to EverythingApplePro for this information. You can see the original tweet below: