Previous to the iPhone 12 announcement, Apple’s MagSafe technology was reserved for older MacBook computer systems. Nonetheless, all the iPhone 12 lineup introduced the rebirth of MagSafe, not solely as a method to cost the cellular units, however as an adjunct platform that opens the doorways for a lot of totally different use instances.
A sequence of magnets situated on the again of the iPhone 12 will assist line up a MagSafe wi-fi charger, making certain you by no means get up once more to a useless battery since you did not exactly line up your telephone on a Qi charging pad. Or you may get a pockets that attaches to the again of your telephone, heck, even PopSocket is getting concerned by creating its personal MagSafe appropriate equipment.
Proper now, there aren’t many official MagSafe equipment, licensed to work with Apple’s newest telephones, however I have been testing a handful of them and located the tech not solely to be helpful, however downright cool. Beneath are among the MagSafe equipment I’ve used.
Apple’s MagSafe connectors all require a 20W USB-C wall adapter to be able to cost on the most speeds. It is complicated as a result of the 20W adapter appears identical to the 19W adapter Apple included with the iPhone 11 except you have a look at the label on the plug itself. The 20W adapter may have “20W” in a sq. subsequent to the prongs. To be clear, the 19W adapter will work with the MagSafe charger, however charging can be barely slower. When you’re utilizing MagSafe to cost in a single day, it is a non-issue.
This seemingly easy disk was the primary Apple MagSafe accent designed for charging your iPhone 12. On one finish is the brand new MagSafe connector, with a USB-C connector on the opposite finish. The disk connects to the again of your telephone, holding itself in place and making certain correct alignment. There’s plenty of tech packed into the MagSafe Charger however you would not know by taking a look at it. And that is factor.
The MagSafe Duo is your one-stop charging station made by Apple. It is no AirPower, however that is alright. On one aspect is a MagSafe connector that may cost your iPhone 12, and on the opposite aspect is an Apple Watch charging connector that lays flat or folds out so you’ll be able to place your watch on its aspect because it costs.
It folds in half to make it straightforward to take with you when touring and has a lone USB-C port on the again that may energy each charging connectors. Simply ensure you use a 20W or higher power adapter with it. Additionally of notice, for some purpose, the Duo does not work with Apple’s 29W charging adapter.
I have been testing the Duo for just a few days now and moderately prefer it. The one criticism I’ve thus far is that I’ve to push down on the Duo when choosing up my iPhone as a result of the magnetic connection robust sufficient that it lifts the Duo off of my nightstand.
Belkin simply introduced a 2-in-1 MagSafe charging station that can launch later this yr, however that is not the corporate’s first MagSafe charging product. The three-in-1 MagSafe station will cost your iPhone 12 and Apple Watch, and it has a spot to your AirPods on the base. It is available in black or white and consists of its personal energy adapter so you do not have to fret about which adapter you could have and if it is appropriate.
Belkin’s MagSafe Automotive Mount does not cost your telephone whereas in use, nevertheless it does present simply how robust the magnets are and the promising potential of simply what could be carried out. I have been testing this for over a month now, and prefer it. I’ve but to have my telephone fall off the mount when going over bumps. My lone criticism is that when my iPhone 12 Professional is on the mount, the mixture of the 2 units is heavy sufficient that it factors the air vents down, it doesn’t matter what I strive.
When you’re in search of a automotive mount that holds your telephone in place with none clamps, and you’ve got a MagSafe appropriate case, you’ll be able to’t go mistaken with Belkin’s providing.
I totally anticipated to search out this a waste of $60, however I do not assume I would like ever to return to a “regular” pockets once more. I’ve at all times been a fan of wallets that maintain as much as, perhaps, 5 playing cards max, so shifting down to 3 playing cards complete was a slight adjustment, however I am making it work. It does not persist with the iPhone as a lot as I’d hope, however on the identical time, it does not must. I join it to my telephone after I’m gathering my stuff to depart the home, and know that so long as I’ve my telephone, I’ve my pockets — one thing I always misplaced earlier than.
There are, in fact, many extra MagSafe equipment you should buy, together with instances from Otterbox or Apple. I am going to preserve including to this listing as I take a look at extra equipment.