Reviewing Apple’s MagSafe Wallet
With the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 PRO, Apple has introduced a new, unique accessory that we haven’t seen yet at any other phone manufacturer: The magnetic MagSafe wallet Accessory that you can attach to your iPhone 12 model.
Now we know the function of this leather wallet, is it essential to know how many cards it can hold and how convenient it is.
The MagSafe Leather Wallet is an accessory that’s been listed for $59. You can attach it to the back of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, and it can hold 3 to 4 cards.
So it’s essential to know whether you should spend that $59 on this accessory or wait until Apple introduces the improved version.
The Materials The MagSafe Wallet Is Made From
Before we conclude whether you should buy the MagSafe Wallet or not, let’s first talk about the materials this wallet is made of.
The MagSafe Wallet is made of:
- Premium European Leather
- On the inside, you have a soft feeling material. Most likely, Apple has made this material of polyester to prevent scratches.
- Since we talk about a leather wallet, most likely, it will age very well.
- The back contains a shield to prevent the magnets from messing with your cards.
- The design is like we already know from Apple, is very clean and minimal.
The Functionality of the MagSafe Wallet With The iPhone?
As stated, the wallet is supposed to be attached to the back of the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro. Don’t buy the MagSafe Wallet if you have one of the previous generations’ iPhones. The reason for this is because older iPhones don’t have built-in magnets at the back. And that goes against the idea of attaching the wallet to the end of your iPhone.
(Quote)Don’t buy the MagSafe Wallet if you have one of the previous generations’ iPhones.
The number of cards it can carry
Many YouTubers complained about the small capacity of cards it can carry. As stated, the MagSafe Wallet can hold three normal-sized cards. Squeezing four cards in it is not recommended since they will get scratched after a while.
But it’s not only the YouTube realm that’s concerned about the small number of cards it can hold. Dieter Bohn from The Verge had his thoughts about it as well. He stated that the number of cards you can put into this MagSafe Wallet wasn’t that great.
On the one hand, it’s Apple’s first wallet, and their main focus was producing a minimalism looking accessory for your iPhone. I mean, you don’t want to have a bulky card holder on the back of your slim-looking iPhone.
But on the other hand, it looks like Apple didn’t think about the average number of cards an average person is carrying. In my opinion, a wallet that holds four normal-sized cards was a good number.
The Convenience of Using the MagSafe Wallet
Marques Brownlee made a cool video about the strength of the wallets’ magnets while putting your iPhone out of your pocket. Will the wallet stick to iPhone, or will it fall off?
Unfortunately, the wallet’s magnets showed no strength whatsoever. The moment he took his iPhone out of this pocket, the wallet fell off. It didn’t stick to his phone at all. And that’s a concerning idea.
Just think about it. You bought this wallet for the very reason to keep your most valuable cards safe. The last thing you want is to lose them. How many times a day do you put/take your phone in/out of your pocket? At some point, there is a chance that this MagSafe Wallet falls off without you realizing it.
Quote -At some point, there is a chance that this MagSafe Wallet falls off without you realizing it.
Check the video to get a demonstration from MKBHD himself,
Getting the cards out of the wallet
The second thing Apple didn’t think about is how you get your cards out of the wallet. In any given situation, you just want to turn your iPhone and slide any card out of it without any hassle.
The MagSafe wallet workes a bit differently. You first need to take the wallet off the phone to access a tiny spot, after which you can slide your thumb along to get a card out, tweeted Dieter Bohn.
Using The Wallet Together With The Adapter
Even though the MagSafe Charger contains 15W of power, it’s not possible to charge your iPhone while having the wallet attached to the back of your iPhone. The reason for this is that the wallet contains protectors to prevent demagnetizing your credit cards.
Besides, credit cards already have a built-in magnetic strip technology that prevents demagnetizing anyway.
Credit cards already have a built-in magnetic strip technology that prevents demagnetizing anyway.
Should you buy the MagSafe Wallet?
After we’ve talked about the functionality and materials the MagSafe Wallet is made from; there is one more question that needs to be asked:
Should you buy this wallet?
I wouldn’t recommend buying a MagSafe Wallet. It contains a bit too many flaws to be worth the $59 price mark. I mean, no one would like to spend this much money on a wallet that can get lost.
Besides, getting a wallet to store just three cards is a bit of an overkill. I’m sure that Apple will take all this feedback and put it in the next generation MagSafe Wallet, which will be a lovely addition to your Apple products collection.
Keep tuned for an extensive article about that one.
But for now, keep it with your regular wallet. The iPhone 12 itself already has a nice-looking design, and in my opinion, it doesn’t need that small of an addition. It’s only disturbing, and the chances that you will lose it are significant.
But how about, do you like the wallet, despite all the negative reviews on it? And would you buy this Apple wallet for the listed price? Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!
Some Related Questions
How Many Cards Can The MagSafe Wallet Hold?
This is by far the most asked question about the MagSafe Wallet. As stated in this article, the wallet can hold three regular cards, and in some cases, a fourth thin card. I would recommend putting just three cards in it since you may damage them if you squeeze four in it.
Can I Use The MagSafe Wallet With The iPhone 11 or 11 Pro?
The MagSafe wallet is only compatible with the iPhone 12 models. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to snap the wallet to the back of an iPhone 11 or 11 Pro. Unlike the previous generations, the iPhone 12 models contain magnets on the back that can hold the MagSafe Wallet.
Is The MagSafe Wallet Safe For Credit Cards?
Apple stated that the MagSafe wallet is built to protect your credit cards and the informations they hold. However, please make sure to not charge your iPhone through the MagSafe charger will having the MagSafe wallet attached to your iPhone. Even though the MagSafe charger will not stick to the back of the wallet, the charger may damage your credit card if you do attempt charging and having the wallet attached to your iPhone at the same time.