Apple warns MagSafe charger may damage leather iPhone cases



  • Apple has issued new guidance about its MagSafe chargers for the iPhone 12. 
  • In a page on Apple’s support site, it provides instructions for getting the best charge,  including clearing the charging pad of debris and using a 20 W or greater power adapter for the fastest charging. 
  • But it also warns of three potential issues: that your iPhone or the charger could get too hot; that placing credit cards or items with RFID chips in between your phone and the charger could damage them; and that the charger could leave circular marks on leather iPhone cases. 
  • The charger may also damage Apple’s silicone cases: a photo shared with MacRumors shows faint but clearly visible circular marks on the case. 
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Apple has issued new guidance about its MagSafe chargers for the iPhone 12. 

The new chargers, which Apple unveiled earlier this month at its annual iPhone event, magnetically snap to the back of the new iPhone 12 models. The goal is to make wireless charging a more seamless process — in the past, devices needed to be placed on a wireless charging pad or stand in exactly the right position in order for them to charge. With MagSafe, the magnets will ensure your device is always in the correct spot. 

Apple recently published a page on its support site about how best to use the new charger, which includes clearing the charging pad of objects or debris and using a 20 W or greater power adapter for the fastest charging. 

But Apple also warned of a few issues users may face with the MagSafe charger:

1. The charger or your phone may get too warm

MagSafe iPhone 12 back

The iPhone 12 charging with Apple’s MagSafe charger.

Lisa Eadicicco/Business Insider


On the support page, Apple warned that the MagSafe charger may get too warm while you’re charging your phone, which could cause the phone’s software to halt charging above 80%. Charging would resume after the phone or the charger cools down — Apple recommends moving your phone and charger to a cooler spot. 

Heat during charging is common with wireless chargers and is likely nothing to worry about. As

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