Apple’s MagSafe Charger may leave a circular imprint on leather iPhone cases

In a new Apple support document detailing how to safely use the MagSafe Charger with the iPhone 12 lineup, there is a warning about the use of leather cases with the new chargers leaving circular imprints.

MagSafe is a new feature on all iPhone 12 models that allows for magnetic accessories to be attached to the back of the devices, including Apple’s MagSafe Charger for more precise wireless charging.

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Apple’s MagSafe Charger may leave a circular imprint on leather iPhone cases

The Cupertino tech giant says that, if an individual user leather case with their iPhone 12 and keep the case on while charging with the MagSafe Charger, they may notice a circular imprint on the case after disconnecting it from the charger.

“If you keep your iPhone in a leather case while charging with your MagSafe Charger, the case might show circular imprints from the contact.”


This is most likely due to the fact that leather is a soft material and, as the tech giant explains below, the MagSafe Charger may heat up a bit when charging, so this could cause the leather to soften up:

“As with other wireless chargers, your iPhone or MagSafe Charger might get slightly warmer while your iPhone charges. To extend the lifespan of your battery, if the battery gets too warm, software might limit charging above 80 percent. Your iPhone or MagSafe Charger could get warmer and charging could take longer after heavy use. Your iPhone will charge again when the temperature drops. Try moving your iPhone and charger to a cooler location.”

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It is important to note that since the MagSafe Charger works with all Qi-enabled phones, users could experience this problem with any phone they use the charger with.

Hopefully, Apple’s own MagSafe Leather Case for the iPhone 12 will be resistant to this kind of imprint, but customers will have to wait until the company releases those cases next month. additionally, Apple does not say if such an imprint would perhaps go away over time.

Apple’s support document also outlines some other MagSafe Charger information:

  • Apple says users should not place credit cards, security badges, passports, or key fobs between the iPhone and MagSafe Charger, because this might damage magnetic strips or RFID chips in those items.
  • To clean the MagSafe Charger, Apple says to first disconnect the charger from power and brush off any debris from the metal ring. Then, Apple says to use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth to wipe the silicone middle of the charging area. Apple says window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, abrasives, or cleaners containing hydrogen peroxide should not be used.
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