iPhone 12 lineup brought a new take to the MagSafe feature. Apple's fast-charging magnetic feature that serves as a power throughput to facilitate Qi wireless charging on iPhones is called MagSafe. It's similar to how the magnetic charger works on the Apple Watch: Apple's MagSafe charger has a magnetic snap that falls in line with the right alignment for optimal charging.
Of course, if you have a magnet that can center a snap-on charger, that same magnet can be used to attach other kinds of accessories to the iPhone 12, too (shades of the late -- and not so great -- Moto Mods). Apple may also have plans to use the magnetic system to let an iPhone reverse wirelessly charge other accessories like AirPods -- similar to a feature found in the latest Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus
. Does that mean the iPhone maker is skipping a presumed transition of the iPhone from Lightning to USB-C, and opting to jump straight to MagSafe instead? Your guess is as good as ours. But one thing is guaranteed: With Apple licensing MagSafe to third-party manufacturers like Belkin (see below), expect more MagSafe accessories to be heading your way.
One caveat is the MagSafe charger's effect on credit cards. Having a card placed between the iPhone and the MagSafe charger can cause damage. Apple warns users to remove any cards with magnetic strips or radio chips such as a credit card, transit card, or hotel room key card from a wallet accessory before charging the phone.
The iPhone 12 clear case lets owners use the MagSafe features without having to take off the case each time. It also uses "clear polycarbonate and flexible materials" so you can get a grip on the iPhone 12 model while showing off its color. Cases come in different sizes for the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Max.
For those who want a bit more grip with their cases, the iPhone 12 Silicone Case will fit the bill. It also comes with the same MagSafe usability as the clear case and is available in sizes for the iPhone 12 series that fit the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Max.
Apple's leather sleeve covers both the front and back of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro but features a cutout that lets you tap the screen to check the time. The leather case sleeve, which Apple says offers protection without adding bulk, also has a pocket for a credit card or ID and a strap to keep your gadget nearby.
Accessory maker Belkin is working on its own MagSafe attachments including a wireless charging car dock and a combo iPhone/Apple Watch charger. Apple gave viewers a quick look at the dock during its reveal event, and Belkin has posted a bit more info on its website, including pricing.