The iPhone 13 mini hasn’t seen an increase in wireless charging capacity compared to last year’s model.
The standard Apple MagSafe charger supports up to 15W of power, however last year’s iPhone 12 mini was limited to a lower peak power of 12W. This was done to avoid overheating that could occur in the smaller case.
As it turns out, according to a new report from MacRumors, this limitation also applies to the brand new iPhone 13 mini, which went on sale today along with the rest of the iPhone 13 lineup. Given the nearly identical case sizes of the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini, it should come as no surprise that the limitation applies to both devices.
“An iPhone connected to MagSafe intelligently manages its power draw to prevent overheating, and thus even a fully supported model capable of charging at 15 watts may see much of its charging time spent below that threshold in an effort to protect battery health,” explains the report.
The smaller battery on the iPhone 13 mini also means it takes less time to charge, MacRumors notes. Therefore, under real-world conditions, an iPhone 13 with a 15-watt wired charger can charge for about the same amount of time as an iPhone 13 mini with a 12-watt wireless charger.