MagSafe is Apple’s proprietary system for wireless power transfer and magnetic accessories. The “Mag” refers to the circular series of magnets that makes it as simple as placing your iPhone near the accessory to snap them together.
If you use a case with your iPhone, then you’ll also need a MagSafe-compatible case. Standard phone cases without magnets block the iPhone’s internal ones, preventing accessories from sticking strongly enough. Apple offers premium MagSafe cases in clear, silicone, and leather styles for the iPhone 14, iPhone 13, and iPhone 12 series.
You can also buy unauthorized, often much less expensive, MagSafe-compatible cases that lack an official Apple designation. However, without an Apple partnership, magnet strength can vary widely. So, try out any unofficial cases you’re considering before buying. You want to avoid having weak magnets, a dropped phone, or even a cracked screen.
An excellent first charging accessory is the Apple MagSafe Charger ($39), a puck-shaped charger extending into a wire that ends in a USB-C port. Some accessory-makers take advantage of the ubiquitousness of Apple’s charger, creating products that house Apple’s power puck, transforming it into a stand or car mount.