Feature Request: Automated reminder to attach MagSafe wallet when leaving home

Feature Request: Automated reminder to attach MagSafe wallet when leaving home

There was a time when forgetting to take your wallet with you when leaving home could really spoil your day. Apple Pay changed that, but even in London – where you can use contactless payment for almost everything – there are still occasions when you need a physical card.

But for those using the MagSafe wallet, Apple could easily eliminate the risk altogether …

I was surprised to find myself a fan of the MagSafe wallet.

What I like about it is that I don’t have the added bulk of the cards when I’m at home. I just detach the wallet when I walk in and then have a slimmer phone than I do when using a conventional wallet case.

Of course, the drawback over a wallet case is that you have to remember to attach it. I’m sure it won’t be an issue in post-coronavirus times, when it just becomes part of our leaving home routine. These days, however, leaving home isn’t an everyday thing – meaning it isn’t yet habit for everyone.

But this is an easy thing to solve.

The iPhone 12 knows whether or not the MagSafe wallet is attached. It also has a couple of different ways of knowing when we’re leaving home – geofencing, and wi-fi network. It would be trivial for it to notify us if we leave home without the wallet attached.

What I’d like to see is the phone to spot when we’re leaving home – checking both GPS and dropping off our home wi-fi network – and then check to see whether our MagSafe wallet is attached. If it isn’t, the phone pings and pops up a message.

Do you need your MagSafe wallet?

There would then be a simple dismiss button to clear it.

It would, of course, only appear if we have ever attached a MagSafe wallet. If you haven’t, you’d never see the message.

Equally obviously, it would be a toggle, so you can switch off the reminder feature if you don’t want it.

The same feature could later be extended to AirTags. If you have a regular wallet, and carry an AirTag in it, your phone could also remind you if you leave home without that.

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