Apple can bring MagSafe back to MacBooks. Here’s why it’s a terrible idea

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Digging through Mac rumors can be a thankless task. They presume wish-fulfillment as too much speculation and real information. But some Mac leaks and rumors are worth noting. Last week, just as CES 2021 Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo both claimed it was wrapped New MacBook Pro laptops coming in 2021.

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Why Apple shouldn’t bring MagSafe back to MacBooks


Ideas with new 14-inch and 16-inch models Apple’s M1 is arm-based chips No one should be shocked, nor can Apple’s touch bar secondary screen go out of its way.

But far more important, at least for longtime Mac followers, is the rumored return of the MagSafe connector – a proprietary breakaway magnetic power plug that was part of the MacBook line Since its 2006 launch.


If yanked, the MagSafe cable safely pulled away from the rest of the laptop.

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Started with phase-out of MagSafe Condolences on the late, 12-inch MacBook In 2015, where it was swapped for a USB-C power connection, but some older models stuck around recently. We Complained of its loss And Tried to come up Together Solution
Service Change it.

Then, Apple debuted Using the name MagSafe In 2020 again for a series of magnetic phone charging accessories, but beyond the name has some similarities.

The classic magafef was a stunning design, safely pulling it up whenever you stuck on it. This probably protects every MacBook from the table with at least a few tumbles. But there were also problems. Because they were too proprietary, losing an old MacBook Power Brick (or almost any laptop power supply before the USB-C era) meant hunting for a replacement, and your options are usually an expensive official model or often – There were incredible knocks.


The first USB-C-powered MacBook since 2015.

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Modern MacBooks use a USB-C port for all charging, which does not allow the cable to be safely separated (at least not by design). But they have an undeniable advantage over MagSafe: no matter what modern, mainstream laptop I have – a Dell XPS 13, HP Specter, Acer Swift, Lenovo ThinkPad, Asus ZenBook, etc. – a good chance. is. The USB-C power cable will work with the MacBook, and vice versa.

Apple laptop chargers are 30W, 61W and 96W. Most laptop chargers are 45W, or 60W, and I’ve mixed and matched with abandon over the years. Try enough and you may eventually find an edge case where Charger A does not work with Laptop B, but in addition to devices such as gaming laptops – Recently started supporting USB-C charging), It’s rare you’ll run into a problem.


MagSafe and revamped MagSafe 2 connectors.

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For me, this means that I am mainly off at one year of working at home, and should not worry about which room the laptop power supply was. It is clearly liberated.

The iPad Pro and Air currently have a USB-C charge, because everything from the Nintendo Switch to the Oculus Quest. This has always been a surprisingly non-proprietary move since being in the MacBook, and was probably too good to last.

If Apple can figure out a way to bring back MagSafe without losing the standard USB-C connection to the power port, I’m all set for that. If this means that proprietary electric bricks are going back, MagaSafe should probably stay dead.

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