Apple’s new iPhone 12 series saw a lot of new features, but also the return of an old favorite. Dubbed the same as the old MacBook Pro charger, MagSafe for iPhone aims to improve the wireless charging experience through the use of magnets on the rear, which help to align with compatible wireless chargers. These can also be used as mounting points for other accessories including cases.
One of the biggest complaints with wireless charging is how precise you have to be with the location on the wireless charging pad. We’ve all woken up with a phone that isn’t charged because it accidentally shifted out of position during the night. Using magnets to align with compatible chargers means the loss of charging speed, overall efficiency, and bad user experience should all be problems of the past. Apple MagSafe for iPhone 12 chargers are Qi standard compliant to be compatible with the millions of wireless chargers on the market and can deliver up to 15W charge.
At launch, Apple is selling silicone cases in eight colors. There are clear plastic cases as well as a snap-on leather wallet. Plus, there’s a Leather Wallet that can snap on to the back of any of the new iPhone 12 models. It is built to protect and shield credit cards, says Apple. Further, the leather sleeve has a cutout where the time is shown on an iPhone screen.
Best MagSafe Accessories for iPhone 12 series
Here are the best MagSafe accessories that you can buy for your iPhone 12.
Apple has already mentioned that it is expecting third-party vendors including Belkin – which has announced a car mount and multi-charger dock already – to come up with more MagSafe accessories. Bookmark this page as we’ll continue to keep this up-to-date.
Of the accessories listed, our favorite picks are the MagSafe charger (obviously!), the clear MagSafe case, and Belkin’s 3-in-1 MagSafe charger. Being able to charge the Apple Watch and AirPods at the same as the iPhone 12 is an absolute win in our book!
Now you’re sold on MagSafe, read on to learn more about Apple’s new take on wireless charging, which will likely lead to industry-wide shifts.
Do you need a case to use MagSafe?
One of the biggest questions around MagSafe is whether it will work with other cases, or even without a case. Thankfully, Apple has confirmed that you don’t need a case to use MagSafe.
However, it’s unclear whether you can use MagSafe with any case. Considering the use of magnets to keep the charger in place, it’s highly likely that you will need a MagSafe compatible case to get the full experience.
How does MagSafe actually work?
The iPhone 12 series features several layers at the back that includes a magnetometer, a copper-graphite shield, a Nanocrystalline shield, a magnet array, an alignment magnet, a charging coil, a polycarbonate housing, an NFC coil, and an E-shield. These allow several wireless accessories to connect with the phone. The company says that the magnets are optimized with a custom nano-crystalline shield and they can deal with magnetic flux and new NFC and magnetic field sensors.