The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have an incredible new feature built for accessories – a MagSafe magnet array on the back of the phone.
These magnets are designed to attach to various accessories without needing a port connection and we’ve covered how that could lead to portless iPhones in the near future.
But, in the meantime, which accessories are the best fit overall for this new line of iPhones, especially ones that can take advantage of those awesome magnets?
Here are seven of our favorites that you can buy right now.
Let’s start with the basics! The MagSafe Charger snaps to the back of your iPhone 12 so you don’t have to mess around with ports or cables to start charging. It also offers fast charging up to 15W* so your phone is ready faster. When you’re done, you just snap off the magnet instead of pulling on the cable, which is excellent for cable life as well as really cool. It’s made for USB-C, not Lightning cables, so make sure you have the right charger.
There are a lot of beautiful cases for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro out there, including some excellent leather options – the problem is that they may block MagSafe connections because of thickness and material, which is a huge bummer. Apple’s MagSafe case, on the other hand, is specifically designed to support MagSafe connections while also protecting your phone, making it the perfect fit for many of the accessories on our list.
A vent mount is a car mount designed to lock onto a vent panel – which is positioned in the car for viewing the screen, hands-free, and can be quickly detached when necessary. This mount takes things a step further and adds MagSafe support, which is a brilliant move. You could get other car mounts with magnetic attachments, but they often rely on messy, unreliable magnetic stickers. This vent mount makes excellent use of MagSafe to prevent those difficulties.
Do you really love having wallet capabilities right on your phone? Apple now has a new, innovative leather wallet made for iPhone 12 models that simply snaps onto the back of the phone with a magnetic connection, and can hold a couple of cards for quick access. It’s super minimalistic, won’t get in the way of putting your phone in a decent-sized pocket, and can be removed whenever you want – we’re pretty big fans.
Moment has a great line of MagSafe compatible accessories, but one of our favorites is this super-fast tripod mount. You put it up, you snap your phone on it, and you’re good to go. It works in both landscape and portrait mode, and supports many little adjustments to get just the right angle. The downside is that you need a level surface and there are no arms to grapple around limbs or fences, but otherwise, it’s a great pick.
This wall mount uses a base equipped with a powerful adhesive so you can put it pretty much anywhere. A wall beside your desk, a central location in a smart home, a spot above the key tray, pretty much anywhere in the car…you get the idea. It’s a simple design with an affordable price and a lot of applications, which also makes it a great gift idea if you are looking for something for another iPhone 12 owner.
This amazing wireless charger looks like an abstract work of art but actually can brilliantly charge a MagSafe iPhone 12 (which hovers pleasantly in the air), an Apple Watch, and an AirPods case all at the same time. It’s available in black or white and sports 15W charging potential with MagSafe. It’s also quite expensive, so you’ll have to invest to get this remarkable design.