At tomorrow’s virtual event, Apple announced the return of one of its lost technologies: MagSafe. Instead of the old magnetic portable charging method, the new MagSafe is a magnetic ring built into Apple’s iPhone 12 series. This ring magnetically attaches a number of brand new accessories from both Apple and third parties.
Apple’s MagSafe range of accessories starts with the MagSafe charger, a 15-watt Qi compatible charging puck that attaches magnetically to the back of an iPhone 12 (all iPhone 12 models from Mini to Pro Max include MagSafe). There are also a series of new MagSafe cases that are magnetically attached in the same way. These cases come in a range of silicone colors, or in a clear design with a MagSafe circle. The magnetic connection allows the suitcases to be easily put on and pulled off, while holding on during use. The edge of the case no longer needs to bend in front of the iPhone screen because MagSafe holds them in place.
Of course, MagSafe chargers work right through the MagSafe suitcases, as does the new line of MagSafe wallets. These are thin, minimal leather card holders that are clipped on via MagSafe and can be used with or without a MagSafe case on the phone. It does not appear that MagSafe charging will work through the MagSafe wallet attachment, but since it is only magnets, it should not be too much trouble to pull the wallet off before charging an iPhone 1
Apple mentioned during the event that Belkin is also working on new MagSafe accessories, including a car kit and a multi-charger dock. The release date of this accessory was not revealed.
MagSafe Duo charger and leather sleeve
It’s not AirPower, but Apple announced a separate charging station. The new MagSafe Duo Charger can charge both an iPhone 12 via MagSafe and an Apple Watch. It has a very nice folding design to make it great for tipping in a travel bag or otherwise carrying it around.
A MagSafe leather case was also shown, which fully covers an iPhone 12, but has a clipboard where the digital time from the phone’s screen can see through. The sleeve also includes a wrist strap at the bottom.
Both the Duo Charger and the leather sleeve will be available at an indefinite later date, so you will not be able to pick up this accessory right away.
Apple wants to create a brand new accessory system with MagSafe in the iPhone 12 line. Their first offer from first-party equipment already looks good, and it will be fun to see what more ideas third-party companies can come up with.
It’s a bit disappointing that Apple still pre-announces wireless chargers, but the MagSafe Duo Charger is much less ambitious than AirPower was, so I do not expect it to fulfill the same dishonest end. I’m not sure why Apple did not include leather cases in their original series, but maybe we’ll see them when the leather case is finally shipped.
Starting this Friday, you will be able to pick up a MagSafe silicone case for $ 49 (regardless of size) in Plum, Deep Navy, Kumquat, Cyprus Green, Pink Citrus, White, Black or (Product) RED. Clear cases will also cost $ 49 for all sizes of iPhone. Leather MagSafe wallets cost $ 59 and come in Baltic Blue, California Poppy (sort of orange-y), Saddle Brown or Black. Finally, MagSafe chargers cost $ 39. The chargers do not come in the iPhone 12 box, so you have to pick one up separately if you want it.
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