My favorite iPhone 14 feature is one Apple barely talks about

My favorite iPhone 14 feature is one Apple barely talks about

I’ve bought one iPhone out of every generation for the past 14 years – I’m no stranger to Apple and its ecosystem. Heck, I even always make sure to pre-order my iPhone to make sure I get my device on launch day (this has become an annual tradition). Like many people, I pre-ordered the iPhone 14 Pro deep purple, because the Pro lineup has a lot of great new features that I didn’t want to miss. From the whimsical Dynamic Island, the always-on display, and the 48MP camera, it’s a great portable device.

But I think one of my favorite features of the iPhone 14 Pro is nothing entirely new. In fact, it’s been around for the past few years, ever since Apple launched the iPhone 12 series. While Apple hardly ever talked about it for the iPhone 14 series, it’s one of the seriously game-changing features I can’t live without – MagSafe.

What is MagSafe?

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If you’re not familiar with MagSafe, that’s okay — again, Apple doesn’t discuss it much these days. Originally, MagSafe was just used on MacBooks, where the charging cable “plugged” into the MacBook’s charging port via magnets. This was useful because if someone were to travel through the charging cable, the MagSafe bit would allow the cable to easily come out of the charging port, so the laptop didn’t collapse to the floor. Apple replaced MagSafe on MacBooks with USB-C for a few years before bringing it back in the form of MagSafe 3 in its 2021 lineup. MacBook Air, as well as the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro from 2021.

Since the iPhone 12, though, Apple has added MagSafe as a hardware feature for iPhones, including the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 lineup. MagSafe is a magnetic ring located on the back of the iPhone, which holds your iPhone in place with a large From compatible MagSafe accessories – including wireless chargers, battery packs, phone grips, cell phone holders, card holders, and more.

Placing a case on your iPhone will weaken the magnet’s strength, but fortunately, there are plenty of MagSafe cases on the market as well. The MagSafe case has its own magnetic ring built into the case itself, so you can still protect your iPhone without having to miss out on all your favorite MagSafe accessories.

MagSafe is an excellent feature that I rely on every day

iPhone 14 Pro with Speck MagSafe Presidio Grip Case, with Black PopSocket MagSafe with Walt Disney World 50th Celebration PopSocket, along with a set of MagSafe and PopTops battery packs
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When MagSafe was first launched, the range of accessories was very limited and they had little selection. There were the official MagSafe wireless charger and MagSafe wallet from Apple, and some magnetic wireless power banks (not officially MagSafe) from third-party manufacturers (such as Anker and mophie). But over time, more and more accessory makers have made MagSafe-compatible accessories, like the PopSockets PopGrip for MagSafe and Joby’s GripTight GorillaPod for MagSafe — and it’s become something I actually rely on on a daily basis when I use my iPhone 14 Pro. Seriously, there isn’t a moment every day that I’m in Not Use MagSafe in some way, shape, or form.

Pop Wallet MagSafe extension on iPhone.
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The MagSafe accessory that simply lives on my iPhone, aside from a MagSafe case (I’m a goof and don’t trust myself with a bare iPhone because things have happened), is the PopSockets PopGrip for MagSafe. Several years ago, I thought PopSockets were the dumbest thing ever, but then I bought one to see what the hype was about.

I slapped that sticky plastic on an old back iPhone XS came with a cover, then I got it – I can use my phone with one hand! Well, sort of (I have small hands, and the 6.1-inch screen is barely controllable to begin with). It also made it even better for me to take selfies because, otherwise, I would find and drop my phone. But I absolutely hated how the PopSockets attached PopGrips to the adhesive, even though they are removable – just because I’m changing holsters Much.

When PopSockets launched their MagSafe range of accessories, they let out a cry of joy – finally! Instead of a small round disc that sticks to your smartphone or case, it’s now a larger disc-shaped tablet that has a magnetic circle and underline, helping it to fit perfectly with MagSafe on iPhone 12 and above.

Kristen Romero-Chan uses her iPhone 14 Pro with the included Anker PopSocket battery pack
Kristen Romero Chan / Digital Trends

Sure, it’s bigger and will cover more of the back of the iPhone or the case, but I’m fine with that because it’s very easy to take off. I built a large set of PopSockets and PopTops (collectible PopGrips toppers) because I like to swap them out, too, especially for my Disneyland trips. I find it very difficult to use any smartphone now without a PopSocket, and MagSafe has made it a total lifesaver for me. I can take it off easily if I need to put it on a wireless charger or switch to another accessory without removing the PopSocket or the case itself.

So when is the MagSafe PopSocket going off? I’m often at Disneyland, and if I’m spending an entire day in the parks, I might need to pull out a battery pack at the end of the day to shut down my iPhone. Although I carry a regular battery pack (the kind that needs cables to charge) with me just in case my husband needs to use it, I prefer using MagSafe battery packs instead. The best thing I can do is deny Mago 622 (With a foldable back cover that can be used as a stand) and 633 (MagSafe wireless charging stand with removable battery). Anker also released a new MagGo battery pack with PopSocket built in, which I’ve added to my repertoire. I just love the convenience of charging my phone wirelessly while I’m there, and the MagSafe holds the battery in place as well. No need to fumble with cables! And now the built-in PopSocket allows me to continue to hold my phone nicely while charging.

I also have a MagSafe car mount on my car’s dashboard, so I simply pull out the PopSocket and place it on the magnetic car mount when driving. Previously, I’ve used universal car mounts that hold your phone in place, but MagSafe is a lot easier when I need to remove it to use Apple Pay while driving. Another MagSafe accessory that I like to use is my Joby GorillaPod for MagSafe, as I use my iPhone 14 Pro for most of my work photography. This magnetic mount has proven to be a useful tool when I need to take product photos and have no one else to help me with.

You see, there hasn’t been a moment that I haven’t used MagSafe with my iPhone over the past few years. I find it to be one of the most useful new additions to the iPhone in a while, and it has really changed the rules of the game for me.

Where is MagSafe for Android?

Realme MagDart Charging Imp.

I’ve been using MagSafe on my iPhone since Apple introduced it two years ago. At this point, it has become such an integral part of my daily life, and I don’t think I can do without it. When I start diving into the world of Android devices, I have to wonder – why isn’t a MagSafe-like feature with other smartphone manufacturers?

As far as I know, just Realme made a try about a year ago, called MagDart. However, Realme doesn’t sell phones in the US, and MagDart never took off the same way Apple’s MagSafe did. In the world of smartphones, companies are always copying each other in terms of hardware and software features, so I’m surprised MagSafe isn’t something that Android brands (at least in the US) have copied in the past couple of years.

Again, since I’ve been using MagSafe every day, it’s hard for me to do without it. While I’m trying to use Android more, it’s just something I miss very much from my iPhone 14 Pro. In addition, I will have to replace some of my accessories, such as the MagSafe car mount and battery packs, with more universal versions.

Apple may not talk about MagSafe much these days, but it’s still one of the iPhone 14’s best qualities — something the Android world has yet to successfully copy.

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