MagSafe explained

What is MagSafe? 

Introduced in 2020 for the iPhone 12 range, MagSafe has changed how we charge and interact with our iPhone.  

You may remember previous MacBooks having a satisfying snap every time you locked your charger into place. MagSafe for iPhone uses a similar technology, in that it utilises magnets to ensure a strong connection between your phone and either a charger or a different type of MagSafe accessory, such as a car mount.  

It works by having a circular ring of magnets around the wireless charging coil in the back of the iPhone 12 and 13 range of devices. 

The addition of magnets to the phone combats one of the main problems people had with wireless charging in the past – the fact that you could place your device on a wireless charger and, unless it was positioned just right, it wouldn’t always charge continuously. Because both the iPhone and MagSafe charger contain built-in magnets, you’re now guaranteed a secure stable connection, and the wireless charger aligns with your device perfectly. 

Is MagSafe charging the only option? 

Although the spotlight is firmly on MagSafe right now, there are other options. Qi-enabled wireless chargers still work with iPhone 12’s and 13’s, however they are not as fast as MagSafe wireless charging which provides up to 15W where Qi charge typically delivers up to 7.5W. 

It’s also worth noting that MagSafe charging is not as efficient as cable charging yet, with cables having a much faster charge speed, so there is still a big fan group of cable-users. 

MagSafe priorities convenience over speed – the ability to just place your phone on top of a MagSafe charger, the alignment is perfect and charging begins.  

So really it depends on if you are after fast charge or convenience.  


Do all cases work with MagSafe? 

The short answer is no. If your case doesn’t have magnets built in, then ultimately it comes down to the thickness of your case. As with Qi wireless chargers, if your case is too bulky the wireless charge will not pass through. 

If your case does not feature magnets but has a slim design - like atom studios iPhone 12 case range – then you can still charge your phone without taking the case off; the magnets will align but the connection will be moderate, meaning the charger will find it’s connection point and automatically start charging, but the puck will not stay securely attached when picking up your phone. 

If you want to make the most of MagSafe, the best option is to choose a phone case with built-in magnets – like the atom studios iPhone 13 case range – this ensures that the connection is stable and strong. 

The stronger the magnets the better connection, which is why our iPhone 13 range feature magnets which are 50% thicker than the market standard, for the most secure connection and effortless MagSafe alignment.  

What’s next for MagSafe? 

There have been rumours for a while that apple will remove the charging port from their phones completely, and MagSafe has made that much more likely to happen sooner rather than later now they have overcome the placement and connection issues of previous wireless chargers.  

The addition of MagSafe to the iPhone opens an exciting world of accessories, from car mounts to desk stands and wallets. More to come from atom soon.