Hands-on with Apple's new MagSafe iPhone 12 case and MagSafe charger

Iphone 12 Magsafe Case Silicone Outside
Iphone 12 Magsafe Case Silicone Outside (Image credit: Joe Wituschek / iMore)

What you need to know

  • We got our hands on some of Apple's new MagSafe accessories.
  • We take a look at the new iPhone 12 Silicone MagSafe case.
  • We also get hands-on with Apple's new MagSafe Charger for iPhone.

Along with the announcement of the iPhone 12 and HomePod mini, Apple also brought back MagSafe - for the iPhone, that is. The new cases, chargers, and wallet are the new go-to accessories that Apple wants you to consider when buying your new iPhone 12. Everything is magnetic, so each accessory satisfyingly snaps to the other. We've got our hands on the new silicone case fo the iPhone 12 and the new MagSafe charger, so let's take our first look at Apple's newest accessories for its new iPhone.

The MagSafe iPhone Case

We specifically got our hands on the new MagSafe Silicone Case for the iPhone 12 in Cyprus Green. The outer packaging is what you would expect from Apple - super simple, super minimal.

Iphone 12 Magsafe Case Cyprus Green

Iphone 12 Magsafe Case Cyprus Green (Image credit: Joe Wituschek / iMore)

Opening up the packaging reveals the outer shell of the case.

Iphone 12 Magsafe Case Case

Iphone 12 Magsafe Case Case (Image credit: Joe)

When you remove the case from the packaging, there are instructions underneath on how Apple wants you to insert your new iPhone into the case.

Iphone 12 Magsafe Case Internal Packaging

Iphone 12 Magsafe Case Internal Packaging (Image credit: Joe Wituschek / iMore)

The inside of the new case is where it gets interesting, As you can see, there is a cutout for MagSafe inside the case that will help it attach to the iPhone as well as enable other accessories, like the new MagSafe Wallet and MagSafe Charger, to attach to the back of the case.

Iphone 12 Magsafe Case Internal Hero

Iphone 12 Magsafe Case Internal Hero (Image credit: Joe Wituschek / iMore)

Notably, this is Apple's first case in a while that also actually has a bottom to it. The Silicone and Leather cases before it had an open bottom, but Apple is wrapping the iPhone completely this year.

Iphone 12 Magsafe Case Bottom

Iphone 12 Magsafe Case Bottom (Image credit: Joe Wituschek / iMore)

The new MagSafe case, compared to my current iPhone 11 Pro Silicone case, is a little taller, but also slightly thinner. Like all of Apple's cases, it feels great to hold and will be a perfect fit for the iPhone 12.

MagSafe Charger

Apple's new MagSafe Charger will attach magnetically to the back of the new iPhone 12 or to a compatible case, like the case above. The packaging is also incredibly simple.

Magsafe Charger Packaging

Magsafe Charger Packaging (Image credit: Joe)

When you open the packaging, you are greeted with some documentation and a fold-out of the new charger and cable. Notably, the new charging cable does not come with a power adapter. The end is USB-C, so it will work with Apple's USB-C power adapter that was just lowered to $19 after the company announced the removal of the adapter from the packaging of the iPhone during its iPhone 12 event.

Magsafe Charger Internal Packaging

Magsafe Charger Internal Packaging (Image credit: Joe Wituschek/iMore)

The back of the MagSafe charger is aluminum, much like the non-utilized sides of Apple's accessories.

Magsafe Charger Bottom

Magsafe Charger Bottom (Image credit: Joe Wituschek//iMore)

The new MagSafe charger is compatible with all iPhones that feature wireless charging, so it will work down to the iPhone 8. Only the new iPhone 12 models, however, feature the magnets to enjoy that satisfying snap when they attach together.

Magsafe Charger Hero

Magsafe Charger Hero (Image credit: Joe Wituschek / iMore)

We have no yet been able to get our hands on the new MagSafe Wallet but will be sure to cover that as well when we do. If you have any questions about Apple's new MagSafe accessories, leave them in the comments below!

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

  • Does the MagSafe charging cable support data? I mostly need to know about using it in my car for CarPlay.
  • I don’t believe so. Apple only mentions its wireless charging capabilities so I believe, if you have wired CarPlay, you’ll still need to use a Lightning cable.
  • Using the MagSafe name for this design still seems disingenuous. MagSmart, or the like, would be more accurate/less deceptive. While I can see some interesting uses for this design I wouldn’t want it to replace cable charging.