Tech News: Apple might be bringing the MagSafe back to MacBooks.
Digging through rumors on Macs can be a chore. They tend to be filled with pointless speculation and wish-fulfillment projected as much as authentic information. But some leaks and rumors about Mac are worth paying attention to. Last week, just as CES 2021 was drawing to a close, both Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said again MacBook Pro laptops would arrive in 2021.
The idea of new 14-inch and 16-inch models with Apple’s M1-arm-based chips shouldn’t shock anyone, nor that Apple’s Touch Bar secondary screen may be running low. But far more significant, at least to longtime Mac followers, is the alleged return of the MagSafe connector, a proprietary detachable magnetic power plug that was part of the MacBook line from its launch in 2006.
The phasing out of MagSafe began with the late 12-inch MacBook in 2015, where it was replaced with a USB-C power connection, but a handful of older models remained until recently. We complained about its loss and tried to find solutions alternative to replace it.
Then, Apple began using the MagSafe name again in 2020 for a number of magnetic phone charging accessories, but there are few similarities beyond the name.
The classic MagSafe was a brilliant design, which safely freed itself whenever you tripped over it. He probably kept each MacBook sure from at least a couple of falls off the table. But there were also problems. Because they were so owners, losing an old man MacBook power brick (or just about any laptop power supply before the USB-C era) meant looking for a replacement, and your options were usually an expensive official model or an often unreliable knockoff.
The moderns MacBook they all use USB-C ports for charging, which don’t allow the cable to detach safely (at least not by design). But they have an undeniable advantage over MagSafe: it doesn’t matter which modern and traditional laptop I have lying around – a Dell XPS 13, HP Specter, Acer Swift, Lenovo ThinkPad, Asus ZenBook, etc. – there’s a good chance his USB-C power cable will work with the MacBook, and viceversa.
Apple’s laptop chargers are 30W, 61W and 96W. Most of the 45W or 60W laptop chargers and I’ve been mixing and matching with abandon for the past few years. Try hard enough and eventually you may find an edge case where charger A doesn’t work Laptop B, but beyond devices like gaming laptops (which have only recently begun to support USB-C charging), you rarely run into a problem.
The iPad Pro and Air now have USB-C charging, as well as everything from from Nintendo Switch to Oculus Quest. Having it in MacBook it has always been a surprisingly non-proprietary move, and perhaps too good to last.
Self Apple I can find a way to bring MagSafe back without losing the standard USB-C power port connection, so I agree. If it means going back to proprietary power bricks, MagSafe should probably stay dead.