iPhone 12 MagSafe accessories: How Apple’s snappy new magnet feature works

MagSafe centers a compatible charger on new iPhones using an array of magnets.


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Apple’s four new iPhone 12 models — the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini — come with 5G, better cameras and the return of a beloved Apple MacBook feature: the MagSafe charger. MagSafe may be returning to the MacBook Pro soon, too, and some of us are pretty excited about it (others… not so much). We’ve now reviewed all four variants of the iPhone 12 lineup and can explain how MagSafe works on the phones (which are excellent), using magnets to attach a wireless charger. 

There’s also a potentially limitless number of magnetic accessories that snap onto the back of the phone, such as cases, docks, mounts and even a wallet. In fact, the MagSafe accessories are one of the iPhone 12’s best features. 

By embracing a snap-on ethos that’s failed other phone-makers (more on that below), the iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max represent a bold new direction for Apple and a

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