Apple has just released the new iPhone 12 series, now with 5G and wireless charging support. At its “Hi, Speed” event held on 13th October, Apple announced four new iPhones; iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. With the new iPhones, the company announced MagSafe.
We’re going to look at MagSafe, and how it works.
At its simplest form, MagSafe is a new way to charge the iPhone wirelessly and to enable you easily attach accessories at the back. This is not the first time we’ve heard of MagSafe, though.
Apple previously had MagSafe on the MacBook largely as a safety feature. Before being phased out in 2016, MagSafe was a magnetic charging cable that allowed easier connection to the MacBook. Because it connected using magnets, it was easier to disconnect the MacBook. As such, it was also a safety feature that prevented you from sending your MacBook flying off a table by tripping over the charging cable.
But that’s not what the new MagSafe is about. The new version is exclusively available on the new iPhone 12 series phones. It still uses magnets and will enable users to attach different accessories to the back of the iPhone.
Thanks to MagSafe, you can snap different cases at the back of your iPhone and charge the phone wirelessly up to 15W. With MagSafe, you can simultaneously charge your iPhone and Apple Watch (shown in hero image).
For wireless charging, MagSafe brings extensive support for third-party Qi-enabled wireless charging bricks.
Apple says MagSafe introduces an ecosystem of easy-to-attach accessories that complement the iPhone 12 series. The company also touts MagSafe brings optimized alignment and efficiency when charging.
You should also expect to see other innovative MagSafe accessories from third-party manufactures, according to the company.
How MagSafe Works
Magnets in the MagSafe system are aligned for efficiency, and the rear end has a new, improved shielding design to allow for up to 15W wireless fast charging. The custom nanocrystalline shield taps magnetic flux. Together, the coils and accompanying parts enable efficiency in charging. Thanks to the magnetic coils, any MagSafe accessory can easily attach to the back of the iPhone. You can also use other MagSafe accessories on top of the MagSafe case.
So you don’t need to remove the case to wireless charge your iPhone. Additionally, you can attach a MagSafe leather wallet on top of an iPhone 12 with a MagSafe case.
MagSafe Accessories You Should Buy
Apple has began selling various MagSafe accessories. Here are some of our favorites;
Silicone Case with MagSafe – $49
It enables a stylish and easier protection mechanism for your new iPhone. The silicone case is silky with a soft-touch finish that gives a good feeling in your hand. On the inside, it includes a microfiber lining for additional protection. The case is available in various colors, including Cyprus green, product red, plum, deep navy, kumquat, pink citrus, white and black. This makes the case a perfect combo for the new iPhone 12 ad iPhone 12 Pro.
Clear Case with MagSafe – $49
If you want to protect your iPhone and, at the same time, show off its impressive flat-edge design, the clear case with MagSafe is a perfect companion. It’s crafted from a blend of clear polycarbonate(fancy word for plastic) and flexible materials. The case features a scratch-resistant coating on the interior and exterior.
Leather Wallet with MagSafe – $59
It helps store your credit cards and ID with your iPhone in a stylish way. It’s made from leather and strongly attaches to your iPhone. It’s available in Baltic Blue, California poppy, saddle brown, and black. MagSafe is compatible with iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
MagSafe Charger – $39
Provides faster wireless charging to your iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. Besides, it’s compatible with the entire iPhone 8, X, 11, and 12 series. The MagSafe charger can also help you charge the AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro with wireless charging case(2nd gen), and wireless charging case for AirPods.