7 release candidate, so that basically means that as long as there are no show stoppers failing between now and next week, then the public version of ios 14.7 will be released. Then here’s a look at what’s new Music. So without a doubt, the biggest feature to come to 14.7 is support for apple’s just announced max safe battery pack and this battery pack will attach to your iphone 12 via mac safe, and it looks like this. So, as you can see, the mac safe battery pack comes in a white color. It attaches to the back of your iphone 12 using the magnetic auto, aligning magsafe connection, so you’ll be able to recharge your iphone without connecting any sort of wires with up to 5 watts of power. So it’s not going to be super fast, but it’ll get the job done and recharge your iphone top it off and keep your iphone running when it’s running low on battery. So here is the rear of the magsafe power pack, so here’s what it looks like on the iphone 12, both the iphone 12 mini and the regular iphone 12.. You can see it. It fits perfectly on the iphone 12 mini and i think a lot of mini fans are to really enjoy having this because let’s be honest, the battery life is the worst part of the iphone 12 mini. You can see. It also works on the iphone 12 pro and 12 pro max. So the genius thing about this design is that you have one battery pack that works across all of the magsafe enabled iphones, because it just simply attaches to the rear.
Now this is the only officially certified max safe battery pack. So with it you get special lock screen status, information pertaining to the battery pack. You also get an updated batteries, widget that displays the battery pack details and you can add that widget to your home screen or to the today view, but there are other details about this battery pack that are very interesting, obviously, because it uses mac, save it. Auto aligns to your iphone 12 for wireless charging, no wires necessary and, like previous battery cases from apple it automatically charges so there’s no need to turn it on or off there’s no power button to manage it. You just connect it and it just starts working that’s. Always been a really cool characteristic of the first party apple battery packs, but what, if you’re at home? And you need to recharge your battery pack? Well, you simply plug a lightning cable directly into the max safe battery pack. Apple doesn’t show it in the marketing materials, but there definitely is a lightning input directly on the max safe battery pack and when connected to your iphone, your iphone will recharge wirelessly at up to 15 watts. So this way you’re using the magsafe battery pack like a magsafe wireless charger that you would use on your desktop. Now the max 8 battery pack calls for at least a 20 watt power adapter. But if you use a higher than 20 watt power adapter, you can charge both your max 8 battery pack and your iphone at the same time, even faster.
So the first time you get your max 8 battery pack and you unbox it. You want to fully charge it using a lightning usb cable and a 20 watt or higher power adapter, and the battery pack has a status light that turns amber when it’s charging and that same light will briefly turn green once fully charged and again, you can check The status of your charging via the lock screen information that appears or via the today view or on the home screen using the batteries widget and, like i showed you earlier 14.7, has that specially designed maxi power pack glyph so here’s. Another look at the batteries widgets with the updated glyph and, of course, in our full review of the maxi battery pack, will have a full walkthrough of everything. But here is perhaps the most interesting thing about the magsafe battery pack, and that is what seems to be reverse charging support. So the first sentence in this support document shows how you would charge both your iphone and the battery pack simultaneously by connecting the magsafe battery pack to your iphone and then plugging the power adapter directly into the magsafe battery pack, simple, straightforward, right, but notice. The second sentence – and this is the real exciting thing it says you can also charge both if you attach your max 8 battery pack to your iphone, then plug your iphone into a power source. Now, why would you want to do that? Well say you were syncing photos or say you were connected to a wired, carplay setup that charges your phone right but, of course, unable to use carplay with such a setup.
You would have to plug in directly to your iphone. Well, according to this document, your max a battery pack would still charge, even though you don’t have the lightning cable connected directly to the magsafe battery pack. In other words, your iphone would be recharging. The battery pack via its wireless connection, aka, reverse charging. So let’s pretend that my airpods wireless charging case is the max safe power pack and you can see how that would work. I have my iphone plugged in connected to the lightning cable which goes to a power adapter, and then the iphone via the wireless charger feeds power back to the accessory instead of the other way around. So that would allow me to recharge the power pack and my iphone simultaneously and then maybe in the future apple will enable the ability to reverse charge a pair of air pods wouldn’t that be handy, and there are other details that we’re going to discuss. Uh, like i said in our full review of the max a battery pack, we’ll walk through all the ins and outs for you. Let me know down below if you want to see that review, but, of course, 14.7 isn’t, all about the magsafe battery pack, it’s. Also about the homepod and, more specifically, the addition of homepod timer support for the home. App i’ve showed you this before in depth in some of our other videos, but we’ll briefly, walk through it right now so here’s, my our homepod mini, and i have my iphone running 14.
7 in the whole map. You can see there. The software update 14.7 allows users to manage timers directly from the home app on iphone and ipad, so we’ll go ahead and update our home pod to version 14.7 and that’ll. Just take a few minutes and once that’s fully updated now you’ll see the new timers functionality within the home app. So if we go to our accessory, our homepod mini i’m going to just scroll down there. In addition to alarms, you now see look what we have there timer, so you can add a timer from the device itself or vice versa. So i’m, going to add one directly from our homepod mini, create a 5 minute dog, walking, timer and notice. What happens right there on our iphone? It adds it and immediately starts counting down. I can pause it. I can exit out to clear that timer all together. If i want to let’s cancel it cancel my dog walking timer and it disappears just like that. Now. Let’S add another, but we’ll do so manually this time, just tap new timer, give it a label just call it dog walking so we’ll. Add that one back so we’ll make our rover very happy with our 30 minute walk so we’ll set it to 30 minutes. You can also set hours in seconds as well, and now i have that saved and i can reference that directly from my home pod let’s. Add another timer create a five minute: hot dog, timer Music, and there we go so there’s our hot dog, timer, it’s, counting down and notice.
It appears above because it is a shorter timer than the dog walking timer. Let’S, add another add a 60 minute roast timer and there we go so there’s our roast cooking right now and all our timers are in chronological order. So i’m gon na cancel all timers it’s gon na. Ask me if i’m i’m sure, yes, i am sure, and the timers will go away just like that super handy nifty feature to have on 14.7 and at 14.7 you get air quality info in the maps and weather app for canada, for france, for italy, for the Netherlands, for spain and last but not least, for south korea as well in at 14.7, the podcast app in your library allows you to see all shows, or only the shows you follow so you’ll see a little tab at the top followed or all so followed are Only the shows you specifically choose to follow, aka subscribe and all are all the shows you’re actually actively listening to. So, even if you don’t subscribe but you’re listening to it, it’ll appear in all and then finally, in 14.7 support for apple card family, combined limits and co owner accounts goes live now. All those other features are well and good. I appreciate having the timer support in the whole map. I appreciate the air quality alerts and all that that’s great right, but obviously the big feature here. The big surprise this go around is support for the upcoming 99 mag safe battery pack launches next week, alongside ios 14.
7 is actually available for purchase right now, but it won’t actually arrive to customers until next week, probably monday or tuesday. Ish. Personally, i have always been a fan of apple’s battery products. I love the smart battery case. I know that was extremely polarizing. This one seems a little less polarizing because it literally just attaches to the back of your iphone and it can be easily attached and removed. Thanks to those handy magnets and i’m really looking forward to testing this little thing out, because i want to see how well it performs battery wise, how far and how fast will it recharge my iphone 12 pro max? Will it actually make the iphone 12 mini more comfortable to hold in hand with that little bump? On the back, i don’t know it’s a lot of things we want to figure out here, and the only way we’re going to figure them out is by testing it ourselves so i’m looking forward to going hands on with this. Let me know, though, have you already purchased the magsafe battery pack? Do you plan on doing so? Let me know down below in the comment section. What else do you think about ios 14.