Apple's first party wallet works using their MagSafe technology and is available across the iPhone 12 and 13 series of phones. It is rather expensive though.
Apple will do anything they can to keep you in its ecosystem. If you have an iPhone, the chances are, you're going to want some first party accessories to go with it. Luckily, Apple has you covered here.
Apple's iPhone 13 lineup (iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max) have Apple's 'MagSafe' technology built in to the phones. In simple terms, there a magnets on the rear of the device positioned in a round circular shape. This allows for wireless charging using a MagSafe charger (QI chargers work, too) and for Apple's many MagSafe ready accessories.
If you're thinking 'I've heard of MagSafe before', you have. It has first introduced on Apple's MacBooks many years ago. To this day, we think it's still one of the best proprietary chargers for laptops.
Right now, we're taking a look at Apple's 'iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe'. This product launched in 2020 alongside the iPhone 12 lineup.
How does it work?
It's not like a flip case with cutouts on the inside of the case to fit your cards, a little bigger than a credit card, fits in the palm of your hand and sticks to your iPhone using 'MagSafe'.
It has enough room to fit three (3) cards inside. For example: a credit card, ID card and a loyalty card. Anymore than three cards at a time and you run the risk of the material stretching and making it difficult for yourself to remove cards from the wallet.
When you need to use a card in the wallet, remove the wallet from the back of iPhone, place your thumb on the see-through hole cutout, move your thumb upwards and remove your card. When you're finished with your car, put it back in to your Leather Wallet with MagSafe and carry on with your day.
Newer versions of the iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe now support Find My. This means if your wallet becomes separated from your iPhone, you'll receive an alert with the last location your wallet.
Apple says on its support website: 'The new wallet features a secure NFC chip which enables support for Find My. To use an NFC-enabled card, such as a hotel key, you need to remove the card from the wallet.' They also say the iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe will work with the iPhone 12 Clear Case but the Find My feature is not supported. It works on all other Apple MagSafe cases, though.
It is important to note that there are two models of iPhone Wallet with MagSafe and the model that is compatible with Find My was released in the second half of September 2021 and is available in the colours mentioned below.
How much does it cost and what colours does it come in?
As you may have expected, this is Apple so it's not going to be cheap. No matter what colour you opt for, it is £59. Some might say this is a premium accessory.
Your choices of colour are: Dark Cherry, Midnight (black), Golden Brown, Sequoia Green and Wisteria.
We have tested the iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe on an iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro (with and without iPhone Silicone Case with MagSafe and iPhone Leather Case with MagSafe). It works well and comfortably holds three cards, as mentioned above. It is easy to use and it does look good.
It is perfect if you are the type of person who already tends to carry your phone and a few essential cards with you inside of a phone case. The MagSafe connection seems strong enough but in some tight pockets, it can fall off your iPhone.
If you're that person who has to have an Apple accessory for your new iPhone, this is the accessory for you. The only part we're not keen on is the price. £59 is expensive for what is essentially a small wallet. If it could hold some loose change and a receipt or two, the price may be justified.
You can buy the iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe here on Apple's website.
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