This MagSafe power bank can charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once

We’ve come to rely on a lot of gadgets in our lives today. From smartphones to smartwatches, we surround ourselves with battery-powered devices that often need to be charged every now and then. That’s especially true if you’re knee-deep into Apple’s mobile ecosystem, owning an iPhone and the accessories that go along with it. Keeping these devices charged at home is no longer a problem, thanks to a variety of multi-functional chargers that try to accommodate all of them at the same time. When you’re on the go, however, it’s an entirely different matter, especially because they have different ways to charge. This new portable battery pack from Momax, however, solves all of that and is the only power bank you’ll need to top up your Apple gadgets all at the same time.

Designer: Momax Design

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Apple’s new MagSafe for iPhone opened the doors to a new breed of accessories that could take advantage of the magnet-aligned wireless charging technology. Many docks for home or office use incorporated these wireless technologies to create a haven for iPhones, Apple Watches, and compatible AirPods cases, many of which can charge all three devices simultaneously. While convenient, the problem with these docks is that you can’t bring any of them outside, let alone use them when there’s no power outlet to plug into.

MagSafe-compatible power banks do exist, but those are designed only for iPhones, leaving no room for its accessories. That’s where the Momax AirBox Go comes in, providing a home away from home for your Apple devices. Even more importantly, you don’t actually have to choose between those devices which to charge first because you can charge them all at the same time. Even if you don’t actually need to charge them simultaneously, it’s still reassuring that you can use the same power bank for your iPhone, Apple Watch, or AirPods.

The AirBox Go uses a rather ingenious design to make this possible. There is a small circle that flips up in order to support charging an Apple Watch even in Nightstand mode. There is a cover that reveals a nook for an AirPods wireless charging case. And, of course, there’s that telltale circle for MagSafe for iPhones. In addition to ensuring a precise alignment every time, the magnet is also strong enough to hold an iPhone in place, even while holding the power bank upside down.

The Momax AirBox Go is also no slouch when it comes to actual power output. With a 10,000mAh battery inside, the battery pack can charge an iPhone three times over at a fast 15W output. That’s twice the output of most aftermarket MagSafe power banks. And for everything else, there’s still a 20W USB-C port that can be used to juice up other devices, such as an iPad mini. Of course, it can also be used for any USB-C device, like that odd Android phone you might have lying around.

Portable, powerful, multi-functional, and convenient, the Momax AirBox Go offers the ultimate flexibility in charging your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods wherever you go. Mixing the best of Apple technologies with innovative design, this power bank might very well be the only one you’ll ever need. For just $136, you no longer have to worry about your Apple devices running out of power, especially when you need to charge them all at the same time.

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Top 10 Apple MagSafe accessories to upgrade your iPhone

The arrival of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models were accompanied by the reinvention and return of MagSafe, and it became an instant hit! There is a great sense of satisfaction, in my opinion, to have things just stick to your phone. Be it a pair of earphones (maybe that’ll be the next generation of AirPods) or have your phone just conveniently stick to a charging pad – it’s almost like magic! The reintroduction of the MagSafe led to a whole new world of accessories being unleashed! Designers and creatives were racing to create a whole range of products for the repurposed MagSafe. And we’ve been loving every bit of it! From a MagSafe camera lens concept that turns your iPhone 13 into a professional mirrorless camera to a Gameboy-inspired MagSafe power bank – there’s a MagSafe accessory out there for your every need. And, we’ve curated a bunch of products that we truly believe are worth buying and investing in. This army of accessories will truly amp up your Apple experience!

1. The G4 Charger

The G4 charger is a wonderful throwback accessory that reminds me of that Elago charger that turned the Apple Watch into the Macintosh. Its design, however, doesn’t seem to have aged the way the Macintosh has. Even by today’s standards, the iMac G4 is an incredibly eye-catching device that you’re sure to be amazed by. The charger condenses that beauty down into a small device that is equally good at drawing your attention to the iPhone that sits on it.

Why is it noteworthy?

The iMac G4, with its debut in 2002, was truly a design icon in that it was nothing like anything else that existed in its time. While the world still struggled with boxy plastic computers, the G4 had this intensely beautiful organic design accentuated with chrome details. It hovered above the rest, thanks to its adjustable stand, paving the way for future iMacs which still to this day retain the detail to maintain the right eye level. Eponymously named the G4, this quirky little charger pays a hat-tip to its 20-year-old predecessor. It sports the same dome-shaped base and chrome-plated stand upon which sits the MagSafe wireless charging element that lets you snap your iPhone to it. Once the iPhone comfortably nestles in place, it transforms almost into a miniature computer, hovering above the ground in a way that makes its display easy to view as well as to use, by allowing you to tap and swipe away!

What we like

  • The dual joint system on the back of the charger lets you angle and position your phone however you please
  • A nifty light within its domed front lights up when your phone begins charging

What we dislike

  • It isn’t available yet!

2. SCIO

Taking inspiration from Sony’s QX10 and QX100 modular camera lenses, SCIO is a mirrorless lens that simply attaches to your iPhone via MagSafe. Snap it on and your smartphone is now a professional shooter capable of much more realistic portrait shots and telephoto images.

Why is it noteworthy?

With a much larger lens and sensor, SCIO’s imaging system is capable of capturing much more light than the iPhone 13’s multiple lenses. This allows for better photos, more detail, higher-resolution low-light shots, and much more accurate bokeh. SCIO’s camera lens uses your iPhone’s display as a viewfinder, and can potentially pull battery power from the iPhone via reverse charging, so you don’t need to separately charge the camera lens.

What we like

  • The lens even has a tripod mount, bringing traditional and computational camera experiences even closer

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

3. The HiRise 3

Twelve South’s new HiRise 3 stands out not just because of how tall it is but because of how little space it takes up to charge an iPhone and two of its friends.

Why is it noteworthy?

True to its name, the HiRise 3 takes inspiration from tall buildings that take advantage of vertical space where horizontal space is scarce. It maximizes each and every surface of the vertically-oriented stand, like using the base as a charging pad for compatible AirPods cases. In fact, that base can even be used to charge Android phones capable of wireless charging. And despite how many devices it can hold at the same time, it manages to keep a clean, minimalist appearance that looks beautiful without calling too much attention to itself.

What we like

  • It manages to hold your iPhone hanging from a height
  • Charges multiple devices in one go

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

4. MagStick

Meet MagStick – a selfie-stick that also doubles as a tripod with a feature that sets it apart from the rest. With a MagSafe mount, MagStick allows you to instantly snap your iPhone in place and get shooting.

Why is it noteworthy?

When used as a selfie stick, the MagStick extends a whopping 63.5 inches, and in its tripod mode, MagStick allows you to use your iPhone like you would a professional camera. All it takes is two snaps – firstly for the iPhone to snap into place, and secondly for you to snap the shutter button!

What we like

  • The telescopic tripod/selfies-stick stretches to well over 5 feet in length
  • The MagStick’s 3-axis adjustment system lets you rotate, tilt, and swivel your phone to orient it at just the right angle

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. The MAG.L MagSafe Powerbank

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MAG.L MagSafe Powerbank 10000mAh Product Design

There are plenty of MagSafe-compatible products, but there are few power banks available. We may have seen a few already but nothing like this MAG.L MagSafe Powerbank with its 10000mAh capacity. Introduced by Neo Bie and Leigui Lui for Stylepie, this thing aims to improve the wireless charging and power bank experience for anyone.

Why is it noteworthy?

The MAG.L MagSafe Powerbank will remind you of an old Gameboy for its shape and design. It features the usual four operation buttons: SELECT, START, A, B, and a d-pad (directional pad). The lower part of the yellow power bank has a cover that slides to work as the stand of the power bank. There is also an LCD screen that shows basic information like date, time, battery level, or charging status.

What we like

  • Has a fun Gameboy-inspired aesthetic

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

6. The Rmour Candy Corner Protectors

Rmour’s candy-inspired corner protectors give your iPhone an understated bling upgrade while protecting the most vulnerable areas of your gadget. The best part? They don’t interfere with your iPhone’s MagSafe or wireless charging abilities.

Why is it noteworthy?

Designed to be protective jewelry for your iPhone, the Rmour Candy Corner Protectors come made from 925 silver with a decorative enamel inlay to match your iPhone’s color. Made to fit comfortably on iPhone 12 and newer models, the Rmour Candy Corner Protectors attach to the 4 corners of your iPhone using a strong-yet-non-destructive adhesive tape that keeps them firmly in place. When attached, the corner protectors create a 1mm lip around your iPhone, safeguarding the edges, back, camera bump, and screen from damage if you drop your iPhone on any flat surface.

What we like

  • Serves as functional jewelry for your iPhone

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

7. The Fjorden

YouTuber Marques Brownlee, who shoots all his videos in 8K on ridiculously expensive RED cameras, alludes to the fact that “the best camera is the one you have on you”, and that’s almost always your smartphone camera. Your smartphone camera’s image processing engine is arguably powerful enough to click photos as well as a DSLR, and the only thing really missing is precision and that hands-on experience… that’s where the Fjorden comes in.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Fjorden turns your iPhone into a hybrid DSLR. It physically snaps onto the back of your iPhone, giving you analog camera controls including a two-stage shutter button, a jog dial, a zoom slider, and even an extra multi-function button you can use to do stuff like trigger the flash. The overall form is comfortably tactile and grippy (and comes with the same texture found on cameras) and orients the buttons in a way that’s intuitive and easy to use (so you don’t have to sprain your thumb to reach the shutter button while holding your phone with the same hand). Moreover, the actual physical buttons allow you to use the camera with gloves on, an understated-yet-impressive upgrade to the iPhone camera experience).

What we like

  • Portable and sleek
  • Has its own camera app

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. The MagSnap Wallet

Want more out of your wallet? Well, the MagSnap Wallet’s magnetic design makes it modular too, allowing you to easily attach extra modules that let your wallet hold more cards, cash, and even EDC tools. The MagSnap Wallet has the incredible advantage of being sleek when you want, and modular/accommodating when you need it. It also docks on the back of your phone for easy carrying, and thanks to its all-metal design, it’s RFID-blocking too – a feature that Apple’s own MagSafe wallet still lacks.

Why is it noteworthy?

OhSnap is quick to mention that the MagSnap Wallet isn’t MagSafe compatible (that would mean reorienting the MagSnap Wallet’s magnets to make the wallet thicker). Instead, the MagSnap Wallet comes either with a magnet-enabled iPhone case or an adhesive MagSnap plate that can attach to practically any phone. “Our magnet array and locking pin are much stronger than MagSafe”, says the designers at OhSnap, mentioning that while Apple’s own MagSafe wallets tend to slide around when mounted on the phone, the MagSnap Wallet stays firmly put. “Our approach may be slightly less streamlined than Apple’s, but our magnetic connections are stronger, and our products are more modular and way more functional.”

What we like

  • Has the ability to snap on extra modules that give the wallet a storage upgrade
  • It is digitally secure – thanks to its RFID-blocking abilities

What we dislike

  • Their approach is slightly less streamlined than Apple’s, which everyone may not agree with

9. The MagEZ Case 2

Determined to make some of the best Apple accessories your gadgets could ever wish for, PITAKA’s back with an aramid fiber iPhone case that protects your smartphone without sacrificing sleekness. The Fusion Weaving MagEZ Case 2 is available for all iPhone 13 makes and comes constructed from Aramid fibers (which are as tough as carbon fibers, but more flexible too) with an overall thickness of 0.055 inches or a mere 1.4 millimeters.

Why is it noteworthy?

The case wraps right around your phone, with cutouts that let you access the buttons and the ports, as well as a camera cutout with a protective lip to prevent your iPhone’s camera from any physical impact. Moreover, the Fusion Weaving MagEZ Case 2 is also MagSafe compatible and works with virtually all of PITAKA’s own MagEZ 2.0 accessories, from the MagEZ Slider to the wireless charging car mount MagEZ Car Mount Pro, and even the MagEZ Wallet 2.

What we like

  • The criss-cross black pattern provides a nice visual element
  • The MagEZ Case 2 comes with PITAKA’s proprietary Fusion Weaving technology – a composite aramid fiber material that has an incredibly high strength-to-weight ratio

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

10. The Strap Anywhere mount

Designed to let you secure your iPhone to any handle, pipe, railing, bar, or even your wrist, the Strap Anywhere uses Apple’s MagSafe feature to secure your iPhone so your hands are unencumbered.

Why is it noteworthy?

The idea, Moment’s team says, was to allow users to attach their iPhones to indoor fitness equipment like a Peloton bike, squat rack, treadmill, elliptical, etc. The strap’s silicone construction provides a friction grip and is even sturdy enough to double as a stand for your iPhone, letting you prop it up at an angle on your desk or yoga mat.

What we like

  • The Strap Anywhere mount works directly with the iPhone as well as with MagSafe cases for the iPhone
  • Made from sweat-resistant materials

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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MagSafe camera lens concept turns your iPhone 13 into a professional mirrorless camera

Probably the most incredible interpretation of the iPhone’s MagSafe feature.

Here’s a thought. Adding an array of magnets to the back of the iPhone just so you can attach a card holder to it seems like a massive waste of potential, doesn’t it? You could attach so many accessories via the MagSafe feature (and even allow the iPhone to detect and pair with it via NFC/Bluetooth), an external hard drive, a better speaker, or potentially even a larger, more professional-grade camera lens. Meet SCIO, a MagSafe camera lens from the mind of Vladimir Fer. Sure, your iPhone’s cameras are arguably already the best on the market, but when has that ever stopped Apple from pushing the boundaries further? Taking inspiration from Sony’s QX10 and QX100 modular camera lenses, SCIO is a mirrorless lens that simply attaches to your iPhone via MagSafe. Snap it on and your smartphone is now a professional shooter capable of much more realistic portrait shots and telephoto images. Combine this with Apple’s own computational photography chops and the SCIO turns the iPhone into easily the best camera a consumer can own, without breaking the bank.

Designer: Vladimir Fer

With a much larger lens and sensor, SCIO’s imaging system is capable of capturing much more light than the iPhone 13’s multiple lenses. This allows for better photos, more detail, higher-resolution low-light shots, and much more accurate bokeh. SCIO’s camera lens uses your iPhone’s display as a viewfinder, and can potentially pull battery power from the iPhone via reverse charging, so you don’t need to separately charge the camera lens. It also means being able to manually adjust your camera’s settings, like its focus, aperture, ISO, and shutter speed – something that isn’t really as straightforward with the iPhone’s native camera app. This really brings traditional mirrorless/DSLR-style photography to the iPhone, allowing professionals to extract the most out of their smartphone camera. Moreover, while the SCIO is capturing images, the iPhone’s own camera lenses can record other details like depth, HDR information, and tinier details to help enrich the final photograph. The lens even has a tripod mount, bringing traditional and computational camera experiences even closer!

Although the SCIO lens can directly be attached to the back of the iPhone, it’s best paired with a companion case that comes with a better grip and a physical shutter button. The lens itself has a few details that upgrade your photography experience, from a tiny screen that displays your active camera settings to an adjustment ring for controlling focus or zoom. In the spirit of modularity, the SCIO also lets you attach hoods and filters using a magnetic system on the front. The same magnet system lets you attach a lens cap when you’re not actively using the lens.

What SCIO does, apart from bridging the gap between mirrorless and smartphone photography, is bring a new dimension to MagSafe’s capabilities. Sure, you could attach a card case or a charger to the back of your iPhone, but that’s like using a desktop with a high-end GPU to play Solitaire.

Although it seems unlikely that Apple would make such a concept, the beauty of the SCIO’s underlying idea is that Apple doesn’t need to do anything. Third-party companies like Moment or Zeiss (or even Leica, considering how intertwined the two companies are) could develop their own hardware and just create an app that pairs with the lens module via Bluetooth to directly stream video to the iPhone. It’s a camera revolution that’s just waiting to happen!

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This minimalist 3-in-1 MagSafe charger seems to defy the laws of physics

MagSafe has been around even before the time of the iPhone, but Apple repurposed the brand for an almost magical innovation. The company famed for its design chops took existing technology and added just a single, simple thing, and it opened the floodgates to accessories that made wireless charging not only popular but also hip. MagSafe wireless chargers now come in a variety of forms, from cardholders that stick to the back of your iPhone to folding mats that you stick your iPhone onto. It also gave birth to quite a few innovative or downright crazy designs that took advantage of the science of magnets. Without going overboard, this compact wireless charger not only brings a space-efficient way to charge three devices at once, but it also makes your iPhone seemingly hover on top of your nightstand or desk like magic.

Designer: Twelve South

It isn’t necessarily a general truth, but more often than not, an iPhone owner would also have other Apple products in their possession. This could be an Apple Watch, a pair of AirPods, or even a MacBook. Apple’s deep dive into magnetic wireless charging means that almost all these accessories support MagSafe, which, in turn, means each one might have its own wireless charger. It’s that situation that has given rise to many 2-in-1 or even 3-in-1 MagSafe chargers, many of which start to look like each other. Twelve South’s new HiRise 3 stands out not just because of how tall it is but because of how little space it takes up to charge an iPhone and two of its friends.

True to its name, the HiRise 3 takes inspiration from tall buildings that take advantage of vertical space where horizontal space is scarce. It maximizes each and every surface of the vertically-oriented stand, like using the base as a charging pad for compatible AirPods cases. In fact, that base can even be used to charge Android phones capable of wireless charging. And despite how many devices it can hold at the same time, it manages to keep a clean, minimalist appearance that looks beautiful without calling too much attention to itself.

Its real talent, however, is how it manages to hold an iPhone 12 or later models hanging from a small height. Not only does this solve the problem of space, leaving enough room for AirPods or another phone underneath, it also lets owners easily see their iPhone screen, whether the stand is on a work desk or on a bedside table. Some might find that position a bit nerve-wracking as if waiting for the iPhone to fall down, but the strong magnets used in MagSafe ensure it won’t meet any accidents while you slumber.

The Twelve South HiRise 3 might not be the perfect solution for everyone, especially those that prefer to use their Apple Watch in Nightstand mode. The package also doesn’t include a 20W USB-C charger that’s needed to juice up the three devices at the same time, employing the same line of thinking that has banished iPhone chargers from the box. Those, however, might just be little nitpicks that don’t completely detract from the HiRise 3’s multi-functional yet minimalist appeal, especially when you consider that there are very few that have a very small footprint like this.

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Gameboy-inspired MagSafe powerbank gives up to 10000mAh extra power

MAG.L MagSafe Powerbank 10000mAh Product Designer

MAG.L MagSafe Powerbank 10000mAh Product DesignIt looks like the MagSafe connector system is here to stay, and we believe it will be until Apple says otherwise or there is a new technology available. This MagSafe system offers easy connectivity and wireless charging for Apple gadgets, allowing many devices from the brand to be more accessible, convenient, and efficient to use. There are plenty of MagSafe-compatible products and accessories, but there are not many power banks or battery packs available. We may have seen a few already but perhaps nothing like this MAG.L MagSafe Powerbank with its 10000mAh capacity. Introduced by Neo Bie and Leigui Lui for Stylepie, this thing aims to improve the wireless charging and power bank experience of anyone who will get this portable accessory.

Designers: Leigui Li and Neo Bie

MAG.L MagSafe Powerbank 10000mAh Details

The MAG.L MagSafe Powerbank will remind you of an old Gameboy for its shape and design, featuring the usual four operation buttons: SELECT, START, A, B, and a d-pad (directional pad). The lower portion of the yellow powerbank has a cover that slides to work as the stand of the powerbank. There is also an LCD screen that we assume will show basic information like date, time, battery level, or the charging status. Unlike the Gameboy, this one has a thin body but is sturdy enough to hold a smartphone. From a different angle, we can see the accessory looking as if there are several layers of cards, and on one side, there are small LED lights that indicate the battery level. This is mainly a power bank, but unlike the old style we know, this one can stand on its own and can hold a phone at a safe and convenient angle.

 

The designers developed a new stand structure using a combination of leather, magnets, and iron for the wireless charging station that can offer up to 10000mAh of power for most of your MagSafe-compatible gadgets. The newly-designed MAG.L MagSafe Powerbank for Stylepie can be compared with the MAG.T MagSafe Phone Case for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, also from Stylepie. In addition, the brand based in Shenzhen has been offering different mobile accessories like the iMac G4 MagSafe charger + stand, and we know more related products will be introduced.

MAG.L MagSafe Powerbank 10000mAh Details

You see, the MagSafe’s return and reinvention result from the arrival of new iPhone models beginning with the iPhone 12. The MagSafe accessories suddenly became an instant hit after several years, primarily because of the magnetic mechanism. There is something novel about things sticking to your phone, and like most charging pads, this can also work with Apple gadgets like the Airpods or the Apple Watch.

There is a MagSafe accessory just for your every need, and we recently shared with you the Top 10 Apple MagSafe accessories we know. But, of course, we won’t forget that Momax Q.Mag Power 8 transparent MagSafe wireless power bank that was released on the market a few months ago. Neo Bie also previously introduced a dual-duty MagSafe power bank that has got you covered as made possible by the double capacity compared to other conventional MagSafe devices.

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MacBook Air 2022 mixes the old and the new: What you need to know

As expected, Apple announced the new MacBook Air right at the start of its week-long developers’ conference, but, also as expected, it managed to throw in a few new surprises that changed the tone for its hardware reveal. Yes, some of the last-minute rumors were on point, disappointing some who had hoped for a more colorful selection, but MacBook Air 2022 ended up turning heads, even with its more subdued hues, and was generally received well. As they say, the devil is in the details, so here is a quick rundown of what has changed in the MacBook Air’s design, both the good as well as the inevitable bad.

Designer: Apple

Power in a slim package

The MacBook Air has always been characterized as Apple’s slimmest and lightest laptop, but that also came with some compromises in terms of power. With the new Apple M2, however, the MacBook Air leads the trail with a newer and more powerful processor, though the bottleneck remains to be its 8GB of memory. The rest of the hardware package, however, is something befitting higher-end laptops, so this year’s MacBook Air definitely levels up its game.

Despite those upgrades and its slightly larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display, the MacBook Air gets to keep its title as Apple’s slimmest, at only 11.3mm thin and 2.7lbs light. This means that carrying all that computing power won’t be a literal burden, which does give the iPad Pro, which will be more macOS-like in the next upgrade, more competition.

The Notch

Apple may have addressed some of the biggest complaints and criticisms about the MacBook Pro, but it also introduced a new one last year. The notch has found its way to MacBooks, and, unsurprisingly, it’s also here on the new MacBook Air. And as with any new Apple design, it will be around for a few generations before the company ever turns around.

The notch is what allows the MacBook Air 2022 to have a slightly larger screen without downsizing the Face ID camera. In fact, that camera just got upgraded to 1080p, so that may actually be worth the design sacrifice, in this case, especially considering how often laptop users are subjected to video meetings. There are ways around that notch, but it’s not as convenient as what you’d see on Android phones, so it will be one of the biggest things to get used to when switching to the newest MacBook Air.

Starlight, Midnight

While the notch was really expected to be inevitable, there were still some that held out hope that the MacBook Air would follow the path of the colorful new iMacs. Sadly, Apple dashed all hopes and finally put all rumors to rest when it revealed only four colors for the MacBook Air 2022. That’s admittedly one color more than usual, but the selection isn’t exactly that groundbreaking anyway.

Joining the standard Space Grey and Silver are Starlight and Midnight. Starlight is really more like the old Gold, except with a more champagne-like shade, while Midnight is a very dark and deep hue of blue. The latter two could probably be the bestsellers given their novelty, but it won’t be surprising if more expressive owners continue to patronize third-party skins and decals to make their new MacBook Air stand out.

MagSafe Returns, Headphone Jack Remains

The new MacBook Air ushers in a new age for Apple’s lightweight notebook, but it also does so in an almost ironic way. It brings back a few features it shed off in the past, almost like a vindication of the technologies the company shunned for a while.

As with the MacBook Pro, the MagSafe charging connector makes a return to the side of the MacBook Air 2022, delivering stress-free and accident-safe charging back to Apple’s laptop line. It can still charge over USB-C, of course, and the braided MagSafe cable itself uses a USB-C plug on the other end. Still, it might be comforting to long-time MacBook fans to know that an iconic feature has made its way back home.

And for those worrying that Apple will turn the MacBook Air into an iPad Laptop, the presence of the 3.5mm headphone jack proves otherwise. Some might consider it a small matter, but it leaves up USB-C ports for more critical connections and avoids the stress of having to deal with Bluetooth.

Charger: Two isn’t always better than one

In addition to the revival of the MagSafe charging connector, Apple also introduced what is pretty much its first dual-port USB-C charger, both in compact and standard form. This charger comes with a higher-specced MacBook Air 2022, while the base model only gets the standard 30W charger. Things get a bit confusing here, though, because Apple also laid out a few gotchas and options.

For one, despite the two USB-C ports, the 35W dual-port charger won’t be able to support the fastest MacBook Air charging capacity. It also means that already modest power output will be split between two devices if you try charging them simultaneously. If you want to take full advantage of the MacBook Air 2022’s fast-charging capabilities, you’ll have to buy Apple’s 67W charger. Even then, however, you have to make sure to use the MagSafe 3 charging cable to make that happen.

Final Word

Apple definitely outdid itself in meeting expectations and then going beyond them with the new M2 MacBook Air. The lure of power in a slim profile is already enough for some Apple fans, but the addition of MagSafe 3 charging is definitely icing on the cake. Still, there are some places where we wished Apple did more, like in the color selection, while others probably wished the notch was never invented in the first place. Despite and because of all these, the MacBook Air retains its character as Apple’s most talented juggler, balancing the old and the new, the good as well as the bad.

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Top 10 Apple MagSafe accessories that are the must-have essentials your iPhone needs

The arrival of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models was accompanied by the reinvention and return of MagSafe, and it became an instant hit! There is a great sense of satisfaction, in my opinion, to have things just stick to your phone. Be it a pair of earphones (maybe that’ll be the next generation of AirPods) or have your phone just conveniently stick to a charging pad – it’s almost like magic! The reintroduction of the MagSafe led to a whole new world of accessories being unleashed! Designers and creatives were racing to create a whole range of products for the repurposed MagSafe. And we’ve been loving every bit of it! From a UFO-inspired MagSafe charger to the world’s safe MagSafe tripod – there’s a MagSafe accessory out there for your every need. And, we’ve curated a bunch of products that we truly believe are worth buying and investing in. This army of accessories will truly amp up your Apple experience!

1. The G4 Charger

The G4 charger is a wonderful throwback accessory that reminds me of that Elago charger that turned the Apple Watch into the Macintosh. Its design, however, doesn’t seem to have aged the way the Macintosh has. Even by today’s standards, the iMac G4 is an incredibly eye-catching device that you’re sure to be amazed by. The charger condenses that beauty down into a small device that is equally good at drawing your attention to the iPhone that sits on it.

Why is it noteworthy?

The iMac G4, with its debut in 2002, was truly a design icon in that it was nothing like anything else that existed in its time. While the world still struggled with boxy plastic computers, the G4 had this intensely beautiful organic design accentuated with chrome details. It hovered above the rest, thanks to its adjustable stand, paving the way for future iMacs which still to this day retain the detail to maintain the right eye level. Eponymously named the G4, this quirky little charger pays a hat-tip to its 20-year-old predecessor. It sports the same dome-shaped base and chrome-plated stand upon which sits the MagSafe wireless charging element that lets you snap your iPhone to it. Once the iPhone comfortably nestles in place, it transforms almost into a miniature computer, hovering above the ground in a way that makes its display easy to view as well as to use, by allowing you to tap and swipe away!

What we like

  • The dual joint system on the back of the charger lets you angle and position your phone however you please
  • A nifty light within its domed front lights up when your phone begins charging

What we dislike

  • It isn’t available yet!

2. MagStick

Meet MagStick – a selfie-stick that also doubles as a tripod with a feature that sets it apart from the rest. With a MagSafe mount, MagStick allows you to instantly snap your iPhone in place and get shooting.

Why is it noteworthy?

When used as a selfie stick, the MagStick extends a whopping 63.5 inches, and in its tripod mode, MagStick allows you to use your iPhone like you would a professional camera. All it takes is two snaps – firstly for the iPhone to snap into place, and secondly for you to snap the shutter button!

What we like

  • The telescopic tripod/selfies-stick stretches to well over 5 feet in length
  • The MagStick’s 3-axis adjustment system lets you rotate, tilt, and swivel your phone to orient it at just the right angle

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

3. The Momax Q.Mag Power 8

The Momax Q.Mag Power 8’s clear back feels almost as precious as a high-end exhibition-back skeleton watch. Look in and you see the MagSafe-compatible ring of magnets, and even the wireless charging coil, among other circuitry.

Why is it noteworthy?

The gadget comes with a built-in 5,000 mAh battery and even an MFi-Certified Lightning port on its base that lets you charge it. An LED indicator allows you to gauge your wireless power bank’s battery level, and a clever pop-out stand on its ‘opaque’ surface allows you to prop your iPhone up as it charges.

What we like

  • The internals are designed in a way that looks pleasing underneath the transparent plastic
  • The magnetic ring on the inside also allows you to place it at a 90° angle if you want

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

4. The Fjorden

YouTuber Marques Brownlee, who shoots all his videos in 8K on ridiculously expensive RED cameras, alludes to the fact that “the best camera is the one you have on you”, and that’s almost always your smartphone camera. Your smartphone camera’s image processing engine is arguably powerful enough to click photos as well as a DSLR, and the only thing really missing is precision and that hands-on experience… that’s where the Fjorden comes in.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Fjorden turns your iPhone into a hybrid DSLR. It physically snaps onto the back of your iPhone, giving you analog camera controls including a two-stage shutter button, a jog dial, a zoom slider, and even an extra multi-function button you can use to do stuff like trigger the flash. The overall form is comfortably tactile and grippy (and comes with the same texture found on cameras) and orients the buttons in a way that’s intuitive and easy to use (so you don’t have to sprain your thumb to reach the shutter button while holding your phone with the same hand). Moreover, the actual physical buttons allow you to use the camera with gloves on, an understated-yet-impressive upgrade to the iPhone camera experience).

What we like

  • Portable and sleek
  • Has its own camera app

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. Magcardgrip

The “Mag” in Magcardgrip doesn’t stand for “magic,” but it could very well have been. It instead refers to Apple’s revived MagSafe technology on the iPhone, using magnets to easily attach and detach not just wireless chargers but also thin card wallets.

Why is it noteworthy?

The problem with these wallets, including Apple’s first-party flavor, is that you have to remove them in order to use the iPhone’s wireless charging capability. Plus, they also tend to slip or peel off when you’re pulling the phone out of your pocket. In contrast, Magcardgrip uses tried and tested non-destructive adhesive to stick to the back of the phone, which creates a more stable hold. That is important considering the accessory also functions as a stand and a grip that lets you swing around your phone without worry.

What we like

  • Unlike typical MagSafe wallets, you can use wireless charging without having to remove the wallet, thanks to its bi-fold design
  • The wallet can be opened at a 90-degree angle that will let you prop up the phone in landscape orientation

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

6. The MagSnap Wallet

Want more out of your wallet? Well, the MagSnap Wallet’s magnetic design makes it modular too, allowing you to easily attach extra modules that let your wallet hold more cards, cash, and even EDC tools. The MagSnap Wallet has the incredible advantage of being sleek when you want, and modular/accommodating when you need it. It also docks on the back of your phone for easy carrying, and thanks to its all-metal design, it’s RFID-blocking too – a feature that Apple’s own MagSafe wallet still lacks.

Why is it noteworthy?

OhSnap is quick to mention that the MagSnap Wallet isn’t MagSafe compatible (that would mean reorienting the MagSnap Wallet’s magnets to make the wallet thicker). Instead, the MagSnap Wallet comes either with a magnet-enabled iPhone case or an adhesive MagSnap plate that can attach to practically any phone. “Our magnet array and locking pin are much stronger than MagSafe”, says the designers at OhSnap, mentioning that while Apple’s own MagSafe wallets tend to slide around when mounted on the phone, the MagSnap Wallet stays firmly put. “Our approach may be slightly less streamlined than Apple’s, but our magnetic connections are stronger, and our products are more modular and way more functional.”

What we like

  • Has the ability to snap on extra modules that give the wallet a storage upgrade
  • It is digitally secure – thanks to its RFID-blocking abilities

What we dislike

  • Their approach is slightly less streamlined than Apple’s, which everyone may not agree with

7. The MagEZ Case 2

Determined to make some of the best Apple accessories your gadgets could ever wish for, PITAKA’s back with an aramid fiber iPhone case that protects your smartphone without sacrificing sleekness. The Fusion Weaving MagEZ Case 2 is available for all iPhone 13 makes and comes constructed from Aramid fibers (which are as tough as carbon fibers, but more flexible too) with an overall thickness of 0.055 inches or a mere 1.4 millimeters.

Why is it noteworthy?

The case wraps right around your phone, with cutouts that let you access the buttons and the ports, as well as a camera cutout with a protective lip to prevent your iPhone’s camera from any physical impact. Moreover, the Fusion Weaving MagEZ Case 2 is also MagSafe compatible and works with virtually all of PITAKA’s own MagEZ 2.0 accessories, from the MagEZ Slider to the wireless charging car mount MagEZ Car Mount Pro, and even the MagEZ Wallet 2.

What we like

  • The criss-cross black pattern provides a nice visual element
  • The MagEZ Case 2 comes with PITAKA’s proprietary Fusion Weaving technology – a composite aramid fiber material that has an incredibly high strength-to-weight ratio

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. The UFO MagSafe Wireless Charger

For geeks who want more than just a standard MagSafe charger for their den, the UFO MagSafe Wireless Charger will be the preferred choice. This cute-looking accessory for the Apple ecosystem is currently just a concept design, but we want to see it make it to the shelves. It’s like a UFO riding on the back of your iPhone 13 minus, all the shenanigans of gimmicky gadgets.

Why is it noteworthy?

When charging, the transparent dome with the Android-like being looking you straight in the face lights up with a warm glow as soon as the iPhone is snapped onto it. Now that’s going to act as a cool bias light for people who are in a habit of staring at their phones in the pitch dark. At least with the UFO MagSafe charger hooked on, your eyes will get some respite, even if for some time!

What we like

  • UFO-inspired!
  • Perfect for space lovers

What we dislike

No complaints!

9. The Strap Anywhere

Designed to let you secure your iPhone to any handle, pipe, railing, bar, or even your wrist, the Strap Anywhere uses Apple’s MagSafe feature to secure your iPhone so your hands are unencumbered.

Why is it noteworthy?

The idea, Moment’s team says, was to allow users to attach their iPhones to indoor fitness equipment like a Peloton bike, squat rack, treadmill, elliptical, etc. The strap’s silicone construction provides a friction grip and is even sturdy enough to double as a stand for your iPhone, letting you prop it up at an angle on your desk or yoga mat.

What we like

  • The Strap Anywhere mount works directly with the iPhone as well as with MagSafe cases for the iPhone
  • Made from sweat-resistant materials

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

10. The MagSafe Phone Case

MAG.T MagSafe Phone Case Designer

MAG.T MagSafe Phone Case is the latest accessory design for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12. It delivers a new charging experience that others can say is better in many ways. Not all iPhone models support MagSafe wireless charge technology— only the latest iPhones can. It seems more third-party manufacturers are coming up with new accessories for the MagSafe system. We can expect more related announcements of actual products and even concept designs will be made.

Why is it noteworthy?

The MagSafe Phone Case is ideal for different modes of use: Ring Mode, Stand Mode, Play Mode, and Handle Mode. When talking to someone on the phone, you can hold it more securely with the part that lets you hook your finger. The Stand Mode is ideal for watching your favorite TV shows, movies, or YouTube videos. Play Mode is for when you’re spending time on your favorite mobile game while Handle Mode is for regular use when you just want to scroll through your social media apps or favorite websites.

What we like

  • Sleek form
  • As per the designer, there is no case in the market yet that acts as a phone case and phone stand in one that is compatible with MagSafe

What we dislike

  • Not sure if it’s durable enough to protect the phone from drops from an acceptable height

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World’s first MagSafe tripod lets you turn your iPhone into a powerful cinematic device

Meet MagStick – a selfie-stick that also doubles as a tripod with a feature that sets it apart from the rest. With a MagSafe mount, MagStick allows you to instantly snap your iPhone in place and get shooting. When used as a selfie stick, the MagStick extends a whopping 63.5 inches, and in its tripod mode, MagStick allows you to use your iPhone like you would a professional camera. All it takes is two snaps – firstly for the iPhone to snap into place, and secondly for you to snap the shutter button!

Designer: Andobil

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Although the idea sounds rather elementary to begin with, it’s funny how nobody’s exploited the MagSafe mounting system for tripods yet. MagStick allows you to conveniently stick your iPhone onto its fixture thanks to the magnetic ring, and further secure it with clasps so there’s absolutely no chance of your phone falling out. The clasps mean MagStick works with other phones too, securely gripping onto your device with the mere press of a button on the back.

The MagStick can be visually split into its two halves – the Mag half, and the Stick half. The upper half with the magnets holds your phone, while the lower half works as a tripod or a selfie stick. Depending on how you want to use your smartphone’s already capable camera, the MagStick shapeshifts to your demands. The telescopic tripod/selfies-stick stretches to well over 5 feet in length (63.5 inches to be precise), and the MagStick’s 3-axis adjustment system lets you rotate, tilt, and swivel your phone to orient it at just the right angle.

Each MagStick also comes with its own embedded Bluetooth shutter button that lets you remotely trigger the camera. You can even pop the Bluetooth remote out of the MagStick, using it as a wireless remote instead of relying on your phone’s camera timer feature.

The MagStick isn’t phone-specific, though. Detach the MagSafe clamping system and underneath sits a standard tripod mount which lets you mount traditional photography devices like an action camera, a 360° camera, or even a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. However, that MagSafe clamp does unlock the MagStick’s true potential – aside from just acting as a mounting system for your phone, it comes with two additional threaded inputs for accessories like lights and microphones.

While the title of being the “world’s first MagSafe tripod” sounds rather gimmicky, in the case of MagStick, it actually does more than you’d think. Tripods were designed for professional cameras, and selfie sticks were designed for tacky tourist photography. The MagStick, on the other hand, covers a much wider area, by giving your smartphone the ability to capture footage in a new, controlled way. The MagStick is perfect for travel (it weighs a mere 650g) but it’s also great for vlogging, livestreaming, and even for more professional video calls. Its MagSafe and intuitive clamping feature means the tripod prioritizes smartphones over more professional gear, letting you use the camera at hand… with the ability to snap on accessories like lights, mics, and extra battery packs.

You can grab the MagStick for a 34% discounted price of $59 by visiting their Kickstarter page. The product begins shipping in July 2022.

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Transparent MagSafe wireless power bank might just be the coolest iPhone accessory

Momax MagSafe wireless power bank

No, this isn’t a teaser for the Nothing phone (1). The Momax Q.Mag Power 8 is a transparent MagSafe wireless power bank designed to snap right onto the back of your iPhone.

The Momax Q.Mag Power 8’s clear back feels almost as precious as a high-end exhibition-back skeleton watch. Look in and you see the MagSafe-compatible ring of magnets, and even the wireless charging coil, among other circuitry. The gadget comes with a built-in 5,000 mAh battery and even an MFi-Certified Lightning port on its base that lets you charge it. An LED indicator allows you to gauge your wireless power bank’s battery level, and a clever pop-out stand on its ‘opaque’ surface allows you to prop your iPhone up as it charges.

Designer: Momax

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Momax MagSafe wireless power bank

Momax MagSafe wireless power bank

The Momax Q.Mag Power 8’s beauty lies in the fact that it doesn’t simply opt for the mundane. It would be a lot easier to design something with an opaque plastic plate on the front and a lightning bolt printed to show you where the wireless coil was. Instead, Momax decided to design their internals in a way that looks pleasing underneath the transparent plastic. You can clearly see the MagSafe magnets that help align the Q.Mag Power 8 to your iPhone, and the wireless charging coil inside it. The magnetic ring on the inside also allows you to place it at a 90° angle if you want.

Momax MagSafe wireless power bank

Momax MagSafe wireless power bank

On the front, the Momax Q.Mag Power 8 comes with a pop-out stand that can be used in either landscape or portrait orientations. The stand is made from a reinforced colored fabric that complements the anodized metallic frame around the power bank. The Momax Q.Mag Power 8 MagSafe wireless power bank is compatible with iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models.

Momax MagSafe wireless power bank

Momax MagSafe wireless power bank

Momax MagSafe wireless power bank

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A MagSafe-compatible wallet, grip, and stand in a super-slim profile

You’ll never have to stick anything on the back of your phone because this single magical wallet has everything you need and then some.

Despite all the hard work that manufacturers put into making the back of their phones look exquisite, owners still end up sticking things on the back of their devices. No, we’re not talking about skins or cases that at least add some value to the phone, whether visual or protective, but the rings, stands, and other functional accessories that sadly mar the otherwise pristine appearance of a smartphone’s rears. Some even stick a thin wallet there for cards, which brings a whole different set of problems. The worst part is that you have to choose between these different accessories because none are able to deliver all their desired functions. That is until the Magcardgrip arrived on the scene as the one phone accessory to rule them all.

Designer: Brad Park of Momostick

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The “Mag” in Magcardgrip doesn’t stand for “magic,” but it could very well have been. It instead refers to Apple’s revived MagSafe technology on the iPhone, using magnets to easily attach and detach not just wireless chargers but also thin card wallets. The problem with these wallets, including Apple’s first-party flavor, is that you have to remove them in order to use the iPhone’s wireless charging capability. Plus, they also tend to slip or peel off when you’re pulling the phone out of your pocket.

In contrast, Magcardgrip uses tried and tested non-destructive adhesive to stick to the back of the phone, which creates a more stable hold. That is important considering the accessory also functions as a stand and a grip that lets you swing around your phone without worry.

Unlike typical MagSafe wallets, you can use wireless charging without having to remove the wallet, thanks to its bi-fold design. Simply flip the wallet open and connect the phone to the wireless charger or dock of your choice, including MagSafe chargers, of course. The wallet can be opened at a 90-degree angle that will let you prop up the phone in landscape orientation.

The Magcardgrip has yet another trick, one that it inherits from the same people who created the pioneering pop-out grip, the Momostick. The flexible yet strong grip sits flush against the wallet and lets you easily slide and lock it into place to form a hook-shaped opening for your finger. Alternatively, it can also be used as a stand for whatever orientation you prefer. No matter how many times you bend it, the grip will still be able to retain its flat shape when you don’t need it.

The wallet itself is made from high-quality materials, like PU leather on the outer flap that holds the cards, microfiber on the inner flap to protect your cards, and real leather for the grip to give it a luxurious finish. The wallet has room for two cards that can easily be used with tap-to-pay systems. Just flip the flap open, and that’s it! Even when folded, the wallet is so slim that it’s barely thicker than a phone’s camera bump. You’ll barely notice it’s there when lying flat on a desk, and you’ll appreciate the added grip it offers when in your hand.

The best part is that, despite the name, the Magcardgrip isn’t just exclusively for iPhones. It can work with any phone that uses the Qi wireless charging standard and has enough space on its back for a 95 x 65 mm rectangle. At only $19 a pop and with different designs to choose from, the Magcardgrip could very well be the only accessory you’ll ever need to stick on the back of your phone.

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