A first look at Apple’s MagSafe Leather Wallet reveals concerns about...

A first look at Apple’s MagSafe Leather Wallet reveals concerns about...
A first look at Apple’s MagSafe Leather Wallet reveals concerns about...
One of the most interesting first-party products for Apple’s MagSafe system is the leather wallet, which can either be attached directly to your iPhone 12 or to MagSafe compatible cases. However, the first few reviews detail what a relatively weak magnetic connection looks like. In the meantime, shipping times have been delayed for those who pre-ordered the MagSafe Leather Wallet as soon as it becomes available.

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro ratings landed ahead of the units today, which hit early buyers on Friday, October 23rd. Apple also gave the early testers some of the earliest MagSafe accessories like the MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Leather Wallet. Unfortunately, it looks like the connection between the wallet and the iPhone is not very strong and the wallet pops out easily.

A lot of the early iPhone 12 reviews didn’t talk much about the MagSafe Leather Wallet, but MKBHD went into some helpful details and took a close look at it in their video review. At 10:17 am he shows how easily it falls off the iPhone when the device is put in the pocket.

But look at that, this is the wallet holder that you really want to hold onto. But even with this wallet that I put in my pocket, it can easily pop out and just slide off. And that’s your wallet. This is like the one thing that you definitely want to keep the phone strongest. So we’ll see, we’ll see what this ecosystem brings.

At the beginning of the video, MKBHD also describes the connection of the MagSafe Leather Wallet:

And when you plug it in, it just clicks into place on the back. Again a bit firm, but not super strong.

Engadget’s Chris Velazco didn’t go into the same detail as MKBHD, but he said this on the MagSafe Leather Wallet at 5:01 am:

And I have to tell you, it seems like one of those ideas that is just better on paper than in practice. It popped off a few times when I pulled it out of my pocket.

Previous reviews suggest that the wallet has a significantly less strong magnetic connection than the MagSafe charger. This could be because Apple shielded the magnets in the leather wallet to allow use with credit cards.

Rene Ritchie also shared that you should only expect 3 cards (normal thickness) or 4 tops if they are thin by the timestamp 34:48:

Dieter Bohn vom Verge also reiterated how easily the MagSafe Wallet falls down, with a maximum capacity of 3-4 cards, and mentioned that you need to remove it from your iPhone 12 to get cards out.

MagSafe Leather Wallet delays

Another interesting development around the MagSafe Leather Wallet are shipping delays. Some of us here at 9to5Mac immediately ordered the wallet after it was pre-ordered at 5am on October 19th. We saw shipping estimates on November 2nd at the earliest. However, this has now been postponed to November 23.

We see others report the same thing, and a 9to5Mac reader Kyle heard this explanation from an Apple support representative about what was going on:

I ordered mine within 5 minutes on the start morning and my order email confirmation said 2-3 weeks delivery (November 3rd-10th). Now when I log in to view my order online, it will show delivery from November 24th to December 2nd. This is the ETA
if you order now. They spoke to Apple Online Store support and told me there was an error on launch day that caused the system to record the correct product but the wrong SKU. Then they had to fix some issues in the backend to correct a number of orders which caused delays. Sucks.

One of us had also canceled the entire order for MagSafe accessories, including the leather wallet. So it seems that there are definitely some issues with Apple’s logistics here. Apple’s MagSafe leather case for the iPhone 12 will be available on November 6th. The new leather case will be available later in November.

What about you? When you first look at the MagSafe leather wallet, don’t you make sure whether you want or keep your order? And, based on your initial estimate, have you noticed any delays in shipping? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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