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- The iPhone 13 isn’t compatible with iPhone 12 cases, so you’ll need a new one when you upgrade.
- MagSafe iPhone 13 accessories magnetically attach to — and some even charge — the smartphone.
- We’ve gathered the staples as well as some new accessories for your fresh iPhone 13.
To keep their shiny new iPhone 13 looking fresh, many Apple fans will want to go straight from the shipping box to a protective case or add a MagSafe accessory for magnetic add-ons and charging. This trend will especially pick up following the holiday gifting season.
While the new iPhone 13 line-up has similar dimensions and built-in MagSafe, iPhone 12 cases aren’t compatible. The iPhone 13’s redesigned camera makes the bump at the back a different size, for starters.
Thankfully, several brands have launched a number of iPhone 13 accessories compatible with all four new options from Mini to Pro Max. While a few major brands have yet to announce compatible accessories, early iPhone 13 adapters still have a decent amount of choices for cases as well as chargers and accessories.
Apple iPhone 13 MagSafe Silicone and Leather cases
Apple’s own silicon cases offer a decent level of protection — protecting the back and sides, with a front lip to prevent screen scratches. The company has, of course, updated its cases to fit with each new model from the iPhone 13 Mini to iPhone 13 Pro Max. The cases use magnets to help properly position MagSafe chargers and accessories. The inside of the case has a soft lining — this is important, since tiny debris that gets inside the case can actually cause scratches. To show off the iPhone 13’s true colors, there’s also a clear version. For another $10, you can opt for the leather version.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Clear case with MagSafe$49.00 FROM APPLE
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Leather Case with MagSafe$59.00 FROM APPLE
Fun-patterned iPhone 13 cases from Casely
If solid colors aren’t eye-catching enough, Casely has already launched dozens of its patterned cases in iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max compatible sizes. While case features will vary by the one that you choose, many of them are slim yet protect the back and sides and offer a small lip to help protect the front of the screen. If you can’t decide, Casely even has a new mixed pattern case. Many options are also MagSafe compatible.
Casely And I Oop Mixed Swatch Case$25.00 FROM CASELY
Apple’s own MagSafe battery pack
The iPhone 13 Pro Max has the longest battery life yet of any iPhone. But, of course, battery life depends on how the phone is used. Power users — perhaps those using the upgraded camera or new cinema mode for hours — may want to try the MagSafe Battery Pack. Designed by Apple, the MagSafe Battery Pack can charge your iPhone 13 on the go. The wireless magnetic charger attaches to the magnets in the back of the phone. It’s also compatible with MagSafe cases. MagSafe was introduced with the iPhone 12, so it’s not exactly brand new, but it’s worth a look for power-hungry users.
Apple MagSafe Battery Pack$99.00 FROM APPLE
Apple’s iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe
Smartphone wallets mean remembering one less thing when leaving the house. Apple’s new leather wallets attach to the phone using MagSafe magnets. But, the new version also is compatible with “Find My.” That means you can use the Find My tool to find your wallet if it is separated from the phone.
Apple iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe$59.00 FROM APPLE
A recycled case with a 15-foot drop rating
Nimble’s new iPhone 13 case is both earth-friendly and drop-friendly. Made from recycled phone cases, the Nimble Spotlight uses 72% recycled plastic. The company says that the thin case is tested to withstand drops up to 15 feet while the outside also has a non-slip texture and comes in three different colors. Nimble will also send a prepaid shipping bag to recycle your old phone case.
Nimble Spotlight Case$49.95 FROM NIMBLE
Moment’s smartphone cases and MagSafe tripod adapters
If you have plans for the iPhone 13’s new cinematic mode, consider Moment’s accessories. The company has already updated its grippy, 6-foot drop rated case to fit the iPhone 13’s different sizes. The case is MagSafe compatible. But, besides easier charging, the case also works with Moment’s earlier MagSafe accessories, from a tripod mount with a hot shoe slot for adding lights to a mount for adding 67mm lens filters.
Moment Tripod Mount for MagSafe$59.99 FROM MOMENT
A magnetic wireless charger and car holster
One of Belkin’s newest MagSafe accessories is a two-in-one product for the car. The Belkin Magnetic Wireless Car Charger doubles as both a car holster and a wireless charger. The company says that it mounts with one hand, is compatible with MagSafe cases, and works in both vertical and horizontal positions.
Belkin Magnetic Wireless Car Charger$59.99 FROM BELKIN
A sleek leather case and a screen protector
Nomad already has three case options available for the iPhone 13 as well as leather skins and a $25 screen protector. Nomad’s Modern Leather case outfits the new iPhone in one of three different leather color options while the Folio is more wallet-like. The company also has a sports case in five colors.
Nomad Modern Leather Case (iPhone 13 Pro Max)$59.95 FROM NOMAD
A screen protector — and affordable cases
The Spigen EZ Fit was our pick for the best screen protector for the iPhone 12, and the company already has iPhone 13 versions available. Spigen also has several iPhone 13 cases available at reasonable price points, starting at about $25 with MagSafe options for around $50. The company also has a protective case for the three lenses on the back of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.
Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector (iPhone 13)$15.99 FROM AMAZON
PopGrips for MagSafe
PopGrips are an inexpensive way to make a smartphone easier to hold. The grip didn’t need to be updated for the new iPhone 13, but if you want to add a grip, you’ll want to consider the MagSafe edition. Working with the iPhone 12 and 13 models’ built-in magnets, it attaches to the phone as well as MagSafe compatible cases. You’ll need to slide it off to charge wireless, but it’s a better option than the stick-on PopSockets that won’t allow you to use MagSafe features as readily.
Popsockets Popgrip for MagSafe$30.00 FROM POPSOCKETS