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The new MagSafe charger may mark up expensive first-party cases, and apparently that's just fine by Apple

MagSafe may leave a mark on a leather case. (Source: MacRumors)
MagSafe may leave a mark on a leather case. (Source: MacRumors)
The iPhone 12 series comes with dedicated components to support the new MagSafe system, which consists of a range of magnetic accessories, a compact wireless charger included. Now, it has emerged that this product may permanently disfigure the leather cases the OEM has designed for the same mobile devices.

When Apple's representatives first used the word "MagSafe" at the recent iPhone 12 event, this may have raised hopes of a return to break-away charging cables in this new generation of mobile devices. However, the OEM proceeded to unveil a fresh interpretation of this term: an in-built coil for compatibility with a new 15W wireless charger, as well as other snap-on items.

This new system also requires specific cases with the same coil that allows the charger to deliver power through them. They will have a range of materials from silicone to leather, the second of which has yet to be released, but promises to be particularly expensive when it does: the former currently sells on Apple's website for no less than US$49 - even for the base 12 Mini model.

Unfortunately, it seems that this combination of leather and MagSafe may prove less than practical. A MacRumors user who has allegedly obtained one of these accessories already now claims that using the charger has resulted in a corresponding circular depression in the high-end material. Furthermore, this is apparently a known risk of using the case's new function, as per a new Apple support document.

This may highlight a major discrepancy with this new proprietary system. Furthermore, the prominent YouTuber MKBHD has pointed out a major issue with the iPhone-mounted wallet also based on it: it may well flake off on contact with a jeans pocket. These findings honestly beg the question of Apple's having made a major mis-step with its charging solution choices, especially given the reality of 2020.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-10-24 (Update: 2020-10-24)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.