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What iPhones Have MagSafe?

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Apple revolutionized the way its gadgets charge with the introduction of MagSafe technology. These breakaway connectors were originally exclusive to MacBook laptops, but the latest iPhones have started incorporating the upgrade as well. If you are in the process of investing in an iPhone upgrade, whether or not the particular model supports MagSafe should be a factor in your decision.

What Is MagSafe Technology?

As the name implies, this connection type uses magnetic coils to help charge your gadgets. Rather than making physical contact with the port, a MagSafe connector latches onto the coils via magnetic force. A slight pull on the charger is all that is needed to safely eject the connector piece. This results in a convenient charging solution that minimizes the wear and tear on your phone. You can even get iPhone 14 cases that are compatible with the new tech.

MagSafe connections can output up to 15 watts of power while charging. This is noticeably slower than a Samsung fast charger, but it causes significantly less wear and tear on your mobile phone over the duration of its life.

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Which Phones Have MagSafe Compatibility?

Starting with the iPhone 12 lineup, all phones from Apple feature the breakaway connection type. This includes the base iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro. The same is true for the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and iPhone 13 Pro. If you havenโ€™t guessed yet, the entire lineup of iPhone 14 models is compatible as well. Just keep in mind that the iPhone 11 line and anything older will not officially support MagSafe charging speeds.

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Benefits of MagSafe

The most obvious benefit of MagSafe is the reduction of damage to your gadgets caused by accidents. Tripping over a plugged-in phone can cause severe damage to the cord or even the charging port itself. With a MagSafe charger on your iPhone, you donโ€™t need to worry about any cords at all. The stabilized magnetic connection even mitigates internal damage. The internals of your gadgets will last longer with the balanced charging rate of MagSafe technology.

A MagSafe iPhone also opens you up to a new group of accessories to choose from. The latest add-ons take full advantage of magnetic charging features and all the convenience that comes with them.

Available MagSafe Accessories

When it comes to MagSafe accessories, more options are quickly appearing on the market. The most basic accessories are items like cases that are MagSage compatible. However, you can get grips, rings, stands, keychains and more that all support wireless charging functionality and attaching using MagSafeโ€™s technology. Headphones and AirPods cases also come equipped with the necessary coils. If you want something fancier, you can even get a MagSafe-compatible wallet and store it right next to your phone for a convenient power source anywhere you go.

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Can Older iPhones Take Advantage of MagSafe?

Although the iPhone 11 (and anything prior to this model) does not officially support the MagSafe standard, any iPhone with wireless charging capabilities can still use a MagSafe charging pad. However, the rate of energy transfer will cap out at 5 watts instead of the typical 15 watts. Without the proper magnetic coils, a phone can only achieve a faint connection with MagSafe. For models older than the iPhone 12 lineup, use a traditional QI charging stand to achieve the best wireless results.

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More Advice for Choosing iPhone Accessories and Cases

Now that you know all about MagSafe, it is time to pick out a phone and some compatible accessories to boot. Be sure to match your case with the exact phone model to avoid covering up a camera or speaker. For instance, iPhone 14 Plus cases and iPhone 14 Pro Max cases are only compatible with that size phone. Before you fall in love with a color or pattern, be sure that the case actually fits your phone.ย 

As for screen protectors, they are always worth going the extra mile for. A cracked screen spoils your daily phone experience each time you turn on the display. Take the time to secure your iPhone so it will last for many years to come.