MagSafe iPhone Wallet does not destroy data on the magnetic stripe of credit cards

iPhone wallet with MagSafe attachment

Within the iPhone 12 keynote Apple presented its new MagSafe charging technology: A built-in magnetic ring in the iPhone fixes the matching, wireless Qi charging pad precisely on the back of the smartphone and thus allows the iPhone to be charged with as much as 15 watts - i.e. twice as much power as with the QI charging technology of the iPhone 11.

Here you can see the iPhone leather wallet on an iPhone 12 Pro and an iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Here you can see the iPhone leather wallet on an iPhone 12 Pro and an iPhone 12 Pro Max.

MagSafe - recycled name of MacBook charging plugs

Most Mac users are probably familiar with the term “MagSafe” from the magnetic connectors that were found on MacBook models in the past. These were built in such a way that they could be separated from the laptop with a jerk, without causing technical damage or tearing the computer off the table. The connection was just magnetic, so you couldn't break much if you accidentally tripped over the cable - a very practical invention.

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Unfortunately for many MacBook fans, this practical charging port was swapped for a USB-C port, which is now operated with a normal charging cable. Stumbling over the charging cable should be avoided as much as possible ...

But now Apple has revived the term “MagSafe” and uses it to describe the magnetic connection that is established between the current iPhone models and the Qi-Charger developed for this purpose.

The iPhone wallet is stuck magnetically to the back of the iPhone 12 and can store your credit cards in it (Photos: Apple).

The iPhone wallet is stuck magnetically to the back of the iPhone 12 and can store your credit cards in it (Photos: Apple).

iPhone wallet with MagSafe

As a practical MagSafe accessory, Apple supplies an "iPhone Wallet", which is a leather case for credit cards. This snaps onto the MagSafe lock of the iPhone with a built-in magnet and is thus a minimalist wallet for people who are only on the move with the iPhone.

Magnets, magnets - what about the magnetic strips?

With so many magnets, of course, many people were worried about credit cards, hotel cards or whatever you want to place in this iPhone wallet. These cards usually work with magnetic strips, the information of which can be permanently disturbed by strong magnetic fields. So it is not surprising that after the publication, the first voices were heard on Twitter addressing a problem that ultimately does not even exist:

The first prophecies of doom came on Twitter, predicting problems with credit cards for the MagSafe leather wallet.

The first prophecies of doom came on Twitter, predicting problems with credit cards for the MagSafe leather wallet.

Apple says nothing will happen ...

On the product page for iPhone leather wallet Apple addresses the matter directly and expresses itself as follows:

The wallet is made of specially tanned, refined European leather and can be easily docked on the back of your iPhone using integrated, strong magnets. It even fits on a clear case or silicone case with MagSafe and gives your iPhone a unique look. The leather wallet is made in such a way that your credit cards are optimally protected.

So the bottom line is that we don't have to worry. The wallet case is shielded and thus protects the credit cards from magnetic influences. In addition, many check cards already work via the built-in chip, which is "immune" to such magnetic fields. You'd have to bring in bigger guns to cause damage.

So we can put our cards in the iPhone wallet and stick them to the MagSafe magnetic ring of the iPhone 12 models. We will not experience a loss of data as some people have predicted.

Brief note: It is not possible to charge the iPhone 12 with the wallet you clicked on. So you can only use the Qi charging pad or the iPhone wallet - not both at the same time ...

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4 comments

  1. Oliver says:

    Since only credit cards are protected, one could conclude that all other cards are not necessarily protected. Whereby the term "protected" can also be interpreted in such a way that they are protected from physical damage, not necessarily from magnetism. It remains to be seen how it works out in practice. or only cackle when the egg is laid ;-)

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Oliver! Well, then I'll quote the English page: "Crafted from specially tanned and finished European leather, the wallet features strong built-in magnets that allow it to effortlessly snap into place on the back of your iPhone. You can even stack it on top of a clear or silicone case with MagSafe to create a look that's unique to you. The leather wallet is shielded so it's safe for credit cards. "

      I think it makes it clear that this is about shielding ...

  2. Vohe65 says:

    What happens if the iPhone comes near credit cards without a wallet? Then there is no shielding ...
    The credit cards are then only secure in the wallet app. :-)
    I have no use for the MagSafe.

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      So basically the MagSafe can only irritate the magnetic stripe. The built-in chip in the credit card is not affected by the magnets. But in principle you can probably mess up the data on a magnetic strip with the back of the iPhone. I don't know to what extent, however. And I've heard that magnets have been built into iPhones and other smartphones before ... so the risk probably existed before that.

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