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OtterBox Debuts MagSafe Compatible Cases for iPhone 12 Lineup

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Alongside the iPhone 12 models, Apple introduced a new MagSafe line of accessories that work with a ring of magnets built into the new devices. MagSafe technology is being provided to third-party case makers, who are coming out with MagSafe products.


OtterBox today announced the launch of several cases designed to work with Apple’s MagSafe accessories, including the Figura, Aneu, and Symmetry+ Series.

Priced at $50 to $60, the cases feature slim but protective designs along with MagSafe compatibility. The Figura cases feature multi-color designs and are made from a soft-touch material for a comfortable grip, while the Aneu comes in solid colors with a grippy edge.


The Symmetry+ cases feature a more protective design with DROP+ technology and are infused with a silver-based additive that blocks microbial growth and protects against common bacteria.


The new MagSafe cases from OtterBox can be purchased from the OtterBox website or from the Apple online store.

Article Link: OtterBox Debuts MagSafe Compatible Cases for iPhone 12 Lineup
 

Zammir

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are the cases supposed to be heavier or more slim because of MagSafe?
Just want a sleek and clean case lol
 

Black.Infinity

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I guess I'm not sure what makes a case MagSafe compatible? It doesn't have any metal in it?
Appel website says its silicone cases are snap on. Nobody mentioned this yet, I guess we have to wait till hands on. My understanding is that using magnet iPhone goes in the case easily. I guess you don’t have to struggle to take the case on and off. Like how iPad Pro goes on magic keyboard.
 

BruiserB

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Very stupid question I’m sure, but what makes a case MagSafe compatible?
I think they have their own ring of magnets in them so there is still a good force available for the puck to adhere to. If you look at the Apple clear case you can see that they have a mirrored ring on the back. I assume that hides the actual magnets. I’m personally wondering what the little tab is below it? Maybe an additional magnet for future mounts that may be directional (i.e. to hold a phone in portrait mode)?

The Aneu case is available from Apple. The Symmetry+ case is only shown on Otterbox’s site and is shown only as available soon.

 

redman042

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I am excited about MagSafe but am trying to understand why I should pay a lot of extra money for a case that magnetically attaches. I hardly ever take my case off, and snap-on cases work totally fine. I think it only makes sense to spring for MagSafe if you routinely like to take your case off.
 

dhoughal

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How many tons of rare earth metals will this Apple stunt use up during the next years and will land on landfills later?
 

Rocko99991

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I am excited about MagSafe but am trying to understand why I should pay a lot of extra money for a case that magnetically attaches. I hardly ever take my case off, and snap-on cases work totally fine. I think it only makes sense to spring for MagSafe if you routinely like to take your case off.
These cases hold the phone like normal otterbox cases do. They have a ring of magnets in them so the chargers/accessories attach to the back. Soon I am sure the aftermarket will make stick on magnet rings you can add to the inside of your old phone case.
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How many tons of rare earth metals will this Apple stunt use up during the next years?
Apple is using all recycled magnets on their end.
 
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Black.Infinity

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I am excited about MagSafe but am trying to understand why I should pay a lot of extra money for a case that magnetically attaches. I hardly ever take my case off, and snap-on cases work totally fine. I think it only makes sense to spring for MagSafe if you routinely like to take your case off.
Good thing this feature is not limited to only apple silicone cases. Other third party cases can also take advantage of the magnet.
 

ricktat

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We won't find out until next week if all cases will stick to the Magsafe charger or if some will be too thick.

These should like they are certified to work but don't click on like Apple cases.
 

jarman92

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I think they have their own ring of magnets in them so there is still a good force available for the puck to adhere to. If you look at the Apple clear case you can see that they have a mirrored ring on the back. I assume that hides the actual magnets. I’m personally wondering what the little tab is below it? Maybe an additional magnet for future mounts that may be directional (i.e. to hold a phone in portrait mode)?

The Aneu case is available from Apple. The Symmetry+ case is only shown on Otterbox’s site and is shown only as available soon.


The magnet on the bottom makes it so the accessories only stick on in one orientation; otherwise they would probably be free to spin around in a circle.
 
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dwaltwhit

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I am excited about MagSafe but am trying to understand why I should pay a lot of extra money for a case that magnetically attaches. I hardly ever take my case off, and snap-on cases work totally fine. I think it only makes sense to spring for MagSafe if you routinely like to take your case off.
The reason I’m excited by it is that

a) My phone will charge wirelessly every time without the risk of slight misalignment

b) I can use the wallet AND still wirelessly charge with minimal effort

c) I can get rid of my big, clunky vent clip phone holder in my car.

For me, that’s what makes it worth the extra few dollars, but that’s just my use case. Ymmv
 
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