Apple recently launched two new iPhone 12 accessories for users, the MagSafe Duo Charger and a Leather Sleeve. Both accessories cost $129 and magnetically attach to the back of the iPhone 12 lineup.
But, are the accessories worth the steep price tag? or should customers be looking at third-party options? We hope this post will help you figure it out.
MagSafe Duo Charger
The Cupertino tech giant announced the MagSafe Duo charger along with the iPhone 12, HomePod Mini, and other MagSafe accessories during an event in October. The pad features two chargers, one for the iPhone 12 and the other for an Apple Watch.
TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino writes that the MagSafe Duo Charger works exactly as advertised. He then goes on to describe how the functionality works:
“Does it work? Yep, works exactly as advertised. Your iPhone will rest comfortably on the MagSafe side of the charger, aligning using the internal magnets. The Apple Watch side pops up and out to allow easy access for closed loop bands. The whole unit folds over to make it easier to travel with and will even fold over backwards if you don’t need one side or the other. It works, for sure.”
Though the MagSafe Duo Charger worked as advertised, Panzarino was left underwhelmed. In his review, he goes on to discuss the price and how the charger is “$129 but feels like it should be $70.” And since the charger that doesn’t come with a power adapter and only comes with a Lighting to USB-C cable in the box, it may force users to spend more money on additional accessories – purely to make the charger fully functional.
“But that folding is where we start to get to the iffy stuff. For context, you have to understand that this thing is $129 but feels like it should be $70. When you realize that it is a charger that doesn’t come with a power adapter, I would not be shocked if you mentally downgraded it to $40. The charger does come with a Lighting to USB-C cable in the box. That cable assumes, which I don’t think is at all universally true yet, that you have a USB-C power brick. But the Lightning port on the charger itself does ensure that you can use this with any existing Lightning charging cables.”
Panzarino concludes his review by calling the MagSafe Duo Charger “underwhelming” as compared to the hype of AirPower. He also adds that the charger is not worth the $129 price tag and prospective customers should instead consider purchasing one of the many third-party accessories available on the market.
A full hands-on video featuring the MagSafe Duo Charger can be viewed here:
iPhone 12 Leather Sleeve
Apple’s official Leather Sleeve covers all sides of the iPhone 12 models. On the outside, the case features a cutout on the front for the Lock screen clock. On the inside, the sleeve has a pocket for a credit card or ID, and it also comes with a strap that can be attached for easy carrying. The sleeve comes in Baltic Blue, Pink Citrus, Saddle Brown, and Red color options.
A YouTuber by the name of Andru Edwards recently posted a video titled “iPhone 12 mini & 12 Pro Max Unboxing (+ iPhone 12 Leather Sleeve!)” In the video, Edwards unboxes Apple’s Leather Sleeve case in Saddle Brown. Along with showcasing how the sleeve looks with a phone inside it, he also shows the pocket inside the sleeve, the strap it comes with.
A full hands-on video featuring the Leather Sleeve can be viewed here:
Customers can purchase iPhone 12 accessories from apple.com.