Apple has an updated version of its MagSafe leather wallet today with new colors and support for an additional feature: tracking in the Find My app. Apple’s location tracking service was recently expanded with the addition of AirTags, and now the company is apparently working some version of the same functionality in its more low-tech accessories.
That may look like the continuous tracking AirTags provides, but Apple’s description points to something simpler. The company writes that the wallet “supports Find My so that you can be notified of the last known location of your wallet if it is separated from your phone.” That’s helpful, but may not be helpful if someone moves your wallet after it’s separated.
Apple isn’t entirely clear on why this is the case on its product page, but it’s possible that your iPhone is just noticing when the MagSafe magnet is or isn’t attached to your phone. Your iPhone already plays a small animation when you attach a MagSafe product, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine it marking a GPS location in Find My when a MagSafe accessory is disconnected.
There’s also one odd exception: Apple notes in the fine print that the new Find My functionality isn’t supported on the Clear Case with MagSafe. The best bet here is that any unique ID your iPhone recognizes when you plug in a MagSafe device might be blocked by a Clear Case. Why the Clear Case, but not other MagSafe cases, would stop Apple from knowing when a wallet has been disconnected isn’t clear. That doesn’t necessarily make the new wallet any less useful, but it does show that it has limitations that a normal wallet with an AirTag or Tile in it wouldn’t.
The edge has reached out to Apple for an explanation of how the new Find My functionality works and what exactly happens to the Clear Case. We will update when we know more.
The Leather iPhone Wallet with MagSafe is available now for $59.