iPhone 12 MagSafe accessories: How Apple’s new snap-on magnets work


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


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Apple’s four new iPhone 12 models — which are now available to preorderall come with 5G, better cameras and the return of a beloved feature Apple long used on MacBooks: the MagSafe charger

MagSafe for iPhone 12 uses a magnetic connection to attach a wireless charger and a potentially endless supply of magnetic accessories you can snap on, such as cases, docks, mounts and even a wallet.

The iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max represent a bold new direction for Apple and a new way for iPhone owners to use their phones. 

We’ll test MagSafe on the iPhone 12 as soon as possible. In the meantime, here’s a look at what Apple says MagSafe does, how it works and how you might use it once you upgrade. And here’s why MagSafe is Apple’s sleeper feature that’s bigger than you think.

How does MagSafe work on the iPhone?

The new iPhone 12 devices are embedded with what Apple describes…