The latest Apple rumor is that the beloved magsafe connection is coming back to Mac books, I’m going to tell you why that’s actually a terrible idea.digging through Apple rumors, it’s a thankless task, a lot of it is either very obvious, like there’s going to be new Mac books this year, or it’s, you know, wish fulfillment projection, people saying it would be a great idea to have this or that. But one of the latest rumors, and this comes from a couple of good sources is that in addition to new m, one versions of the MacBook Pro, and maybe getting rid of the touch bar, and having a new 14 inch row instead of the 13 inch, the most interesting rumor was actually that the magsafe connection may be coming back to Mac books.
Now, if you remember magsafe. This started way back when Mac books first started in 2006. And it was a breakaway magnetic connection for the power cable, it had some pins in it, and there was a magnetic connection and you just you know, push the plug into the MacBook and it would stay there, the magnet was strong enough to keep it but if you tripped over it, or you brushed against it or something hit it, it would pop out safely, and your laptop would not go tumbling to the floor. And we’ve all had that happen. It’s a horrifying situation. And I’ll tell you how magsafe saved many Mac books, including many of mine from from terrible fates.
So I love magsafe. But Apple started to phase it out in 2015, when they introduced the 12 inch MacBook, that system had a USBC connection for power. And eventually that moved on to all the other Mac books, the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, even some of the iPads have USB C. Now, when they move to the USB C power from the magsafe, you lost that magnetic safety connection that everybody loved. And there were a bunch of attempts over the years for people to make third party adapters that would turn your USBC cable into something magnetic and you’d put a little piece in the laptop and you’d put a little piece on the end of your USBC cable. Okay, it’s not the same thing. And we always wanted magsafe to come back now that it is at least in the realm of possibility. I started thinking about it, I said, You know what, I kind of like where we’re at better now. And I’ll tell you why. Apple was known for a lot of proprietary technology and proprietary connections like the lightning connection. But USBC is universal and not just Mac books. But any mainstream laptop that you use now over the last couple of years is going to be powered by a USB C connection. If you have a Dell XPS 13, or an HP Spectre or an envy or Acer swift seven, or Susan book or a Lenovo ThinkPad x one, whatever it is, they all use USBC connections. So if you have a laptop in this room at work laptop and your personal laptop over there, the fact that all these power connections are universal now has been so incredibly useful to me especially I don’t have to worry about is the MacBook power brick in one room and the Lenovo power brick in another room.
Anything you plug in is generally speaking going to work, there’s going to be a few edge cases where you’re going to have trouble or it’s not going to charge as fast. Because of the different wattage in the in the power brick and gaming laptops, those usually still need their own proprietary, you know, higher wattage power bricks with those little barrel connectors. Someday we’ll be able to push enough power through these USBC connections to power you know, a full graphics card. We’re not there yet. So while I love magsafe and the you know, laptop saving properties that it has, I even more appreciate the fact that I can mix and match my power connections. And this goes not just for Mac books, but for all modern laptops. You don’t have to worry about replacing your plug. If you lose it, you could just grab one from a friend or from another machine that you have the Oculus quest two runs off USBC the Nintendo Switch runs off USB C power. It’s that universal. I never thought I’d be able to charge my console from my laptop power brick. But guess what, that’s the world we’re living in. Now, if Apple finds a way to bring magsafe back but keep that universal USB C power connection, then I’m all for it. If they can’t do that, then I’m afraid that this is a technology that even though I love it should probably stay dead.