Review: Twelve South's New AirSnap Protects Your AirPods Case

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twelve South last month introduced its newest product, the AirSnap case designed to work with Apple's AirPods.

    Priced at $29.99, the AirSnap is made from a supple, full-grain leather that molds around the AirPods for a perfect fit. The fit is tight enough that I had to put a little effort in to stretch it to snap the case shut, but like all leather, it will loosen over time. Expect it to change in color too, because as you use it, it develops a patina.


    Twelve South makes the AirSnap in deep teal, black, and cognac, colors that match its iPhone case lineup, so if you're aiming for a matching look, it's possible with the AirSnap and a Twelve South case. These colors also aren't too far off from several of the colors of the leather cases that Apple sells.


    The AirSnap features a main pouch the AirPods fit into, with a snap closure to keep the case closed for protection. The stitching around the case is well done and professional looking, and at the top, there's a loop for a metal swivel clip. There are two slits at the back to allow the top flap to open, and an AirSnap logo at the back. A cutout at the bottom for the Lightning port enables charging while the AirPods are in the case.


    Because of the Lightning port cutout and the snap-open flap that can be pulled back to get to the AirPods inside of the AirSnap, there's no need to remove the AirPods case from the AirSnap.

    You can put the AirPods case inside of the AirSnap and leave it there indefinitely, which is convenient. The snap can add an extra step, but I found that the act of unsnapping the AirSnap almost always opened up the AirPods case so there was no friction getting to my AirPods.


    Similarly, closing the top flap of the AirSnap also closes up the AirPods case, so all in all, getting to the AirPods inside the AirPods case is similar to the experience using them without the AirSnap installed.


    With the AirSnap protecting the AirPods case, it's going to be safe from scratches, and the included clip at the top also has the potential to keep the AirPods from getting lost inside a bag or backpack if you don't mind the risk of loss or theft.

    Many of Twelve South's marketing materials and images show the AirSnap clipped onto the outside of a bag, which is definitely something I'd be hesitant to do. The AirPods have a recognizable shape that isn't hidden by the design of the AirSnap, which invites theft, and all clips can be prone to breakage.

    There's no way to lock the clip once it's attached to a bag, and it also seems like it could be easy for it to accidentally come unfastened. That said, there are some bag and backpack options that have a clip for a set of keys inside the bag (usually attached to a long flexible cord) and in that situation, the AirSnap can be clipped safely inside where it's easy to find and not vulnerable to being lost.


    I didn't have problems with the clip while I tested the AirSnap with my AirPods attached to my purse, but I did read about someone who used the AirSnap clip and had it fall off their bag (or get stolen), resulting in lost AirPods.

    I'd feel a lot better about the clip if it weren't so easy to unclip, but it just takes a simple little press to get it unclasped. I did, however, appreciate the swivel mechanism, which made it easy to get to my AirPods inside the AirSnap.

    Bottom Line

    It seems counterintuitive to put a case inside a case, and I've never worried about my AirPods case scratching, but based on a few searches, it's certainly a concern for some people. There have been many complaints about the AirPods case scratching, and that's something the AirSnap puts a stop to.

    AirSnap will also prevent the AirPods from getting dirty inside a bag or a pocket because of the protective cover, so if you often have the AirPods Case floating around inside your bag, AirSnap is a good way to prevent damage.

    I think the clip is useful, both for finding the AirPods in a mess of other items in a bag (it's easy to grasp) or for clipping inside of a bag so it's always easily locatable, but I'd use caution attaching it to the outside of a bag.

    Aside from clip design, the AirSnap is a great little case that's well made and seems worth the $29 asking price for those seeking a good quality AirPods case. The stitching looks great, the snapping mechanism is both secure and simple to use, and the Lightning port cutout offers easy charging access.

    I'd expect that the AirSnap will work with the wireless AirPods charging case that's set to come out alongside the AirSnap. It's presumably using Qi wireless charging, which is able to work through cases as iPhones and other smartphones have demonstrated.

    How to Buy

    The AirSnap can be purchased from the Twelve South website for $29.

    Note: Twelve South provided MacRumors with an AirSnap for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

    Article Link: Review: Twelve South's New AirSnap Protects Your AirPods Case
  2. daveup2bat macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2009
    When did we need a case to protect another case? seems useless IMO
  3. DePaulBlueDemon macrumors regular


    Sep 27, 2010
    I know Twelve South makes high-quality products, but $29? Seriously?
  4. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
  5. Pupi macrumors 6502


    Apr 12, 2015
    Don’t clip your AirPods to the outside of your bag. Jesus. I’m actually interested in this but to clip them to my keychain, which will go in my pocket. That way I know they are together which minimizes the chances of misplacing them. I had already attempted at that with a connector that attaches to Lightning port, which is sold in Japan, but it eventually broke - which resulted in no loss because I wasn’t attaching it to my bag.
  6. n-evo, Aug 20, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2018

    n-evo macrumors 65816


    Aug 9, 2013
    This time around I accepted the fact my AirPods case will scratch like there’s no tomorrow and my AirPods will occasionally fall, being clumsy as I am.

    It’s liberating really.
  7. dingle19 macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2016
    San Diego, CA
    as i mostly agree with this, the Airpods "Case" is not really a case but more of a docking station. Charging and syncing take place with that case and you are kind of dead in the water without it.

    That being said, there are quite a few cheaper, maybe lower quality, options online that do the same job as this protective case does.
  8. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    I lost an airpod when the case dropped, airpod fell out. It happened so fast, when I looked down the case was closed so I assumed all was fine. Turns out, an airpod was ejected...

    Fell out of my pocket from seat height... I'd get this to avoid that again.
  9. Pupi macrumors 6502


    Apr 12, 2015
    The AirPods “case” isn’t quite a passive case but an electronic device in itself, which is understandable that people may want to protect. But more than that: it adds a hooking point so you can attach your AirPods to something and hold to them better.

    Bonus: that little lid snap might just be enough so that even if you drop the case, your AirPods won’t fall out of charging case, which I had happen to me, and resulted in me not knowing I had lost them for some hours, luckily I was able to get them back.
  10. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    The snap would most definitely hold the AirPods in place in this kind of situation. It's a super sturdy snap.
  11. Wsidewarrior07 macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2009
    Cool idea, my AirPods have been falling out of my watch pocket in my jeans lately. Makes me want to my hand at re-creating this with my laser cutter.
  12. michaelant macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2006
    I personally don't have a need for this as I always keep my AirPods case in my left pocket (iPhone in the right) but if I did, looks pretty nice. Thanks for the review. I also think the price is reasonable.
  13. jwsmiths macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2006
    I have it and love it, my first AirPods for stolen out of my bag, I didn’t notice for several days and then they were lost forever. At least this way I have an easy way to identify them as being present or not.
  14. tony1984 macrumors newbie


    Jul 4, 2014
    I actually own this and I gotta say I love it. I’ve been wanting something that felt on the fashion side while also giving me the option to clip to my key ring. Love it

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  15. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
  16. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    On the flip side I’m over here like, “$29 is damn good”. This is really great for traveling. Just clip it to your bag for easy access
  17. riverfreak macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2005
    Thonglor, Bangkok
    Looks like something Apple should have included with the AirPods.

    I get tired of digging through my bag to try to find my AirPods charging case. This will work well with the built in rings inside all Tom Bihn bags.
  18. Starship67 Suspended


    Oct 28, 2017
    Not sure why Apple would include a case, for a case?
  19. forza1976 macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2007
    Denver CO
    Wow. They came up with a solution to a problem nobody knew they had.

  20. Krayzkat Suspended

    Apr 22, 2011
    My AirPods fit perfectly inside the wee pocket inside front right jeans pocket
  21. riverfreak macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2005
    Thonglor, Bangkok
    Oh ye of little imagination.

    Because the charging case gets lost inside of most bags. That’s why.
  22. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    This exactly. No case needed as the AirPods already have a case. except the fact that the case will get scratched.
  23. Bawstun macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2009
    That’s capitalism for ya, insane margins, at the consumer’s expense.
  24. loybond macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2010
    The True North, Strong and Free
    Lol what? Do you have any idea how rare full grain leather is in most consumer products?

    On top of that, the finishing looks to be on point. I would have priced this product at $50.

  25. haddy macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2012
    Well I have just got the brown one.....and altered the colour slightly with Dark Tan boot polish.
    It is great; glad I have it.

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