Unearthing Mac rumors can be an effortless task. They are often filled with as many idle speculations and expected realization wishes as real information. However, certain Mac leaks and rumors deserve attention.
Last week, just as CES 2021 was about to end, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo both claimed that the new MacBook Pro notebooks will come out in 2021.
The idea of new 14-inch and 16-inch models with Apple’s M1 arm-based chip should not shock anyone, nor should it say that Apple’s Touch Bar secondary screen is coming soon.
However, at least for long-term Mac followers, what is more, important is the return of the rumored MagSafe connector-the MagSafe connector is a proprietary separate magnetic power plug that has been the MacBook series since its launch in 2006 a part of.
The phase-out of MagSafe started in 2015, and the 12-inch MacBook, which was lamented, has been replaced with a USB-C power connection, but until today, there are still some older models. We complained about its loss and tried to propose a solution to replace it.
Apple will again use the MagSafe name for a series of magnetic phone charging accessories in 2020, but apart from the name, there are few similarities.
The classic MagSafe is an excellent design and can be pulled safely and freely whenever you trip over it. It may keep every MacBook safe, at least not far from the desktop.
But there are also problems. Because they are so proprietary, losing your old MacBook power bricks or almost all laptop power before the USB-C era means looking for alternatives, and your choice is usually expensive official models or generally unreliable Fakes.
Modern MacBooks use USB-C ports for charging, which does not allow the cables to be safely separated at least not by design. But they do have an undeniable advantage over MagSafe: no matter what modern mainstream laptop I sit on-Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre, Acer Swift, Lenovo ThinkPad, Asus ZenBook, etc., there is a great opportunity to have your own USB-C power cord is suitable for MacBook and vice versa.
Apple’s laptop chargers are 30W, 61W, and 96W. Most laptop chargers are 45W or 60W. Do your best, you may end up finding the extreme case that charger A cannot be used with laptop B, but you will rarely encounter it except for gaming laptops which only recently started to support USB-C charging problems.
iPad Pro and Air now have USB-C charging capabilities, and all functions from Nintendo Switch to Oculus Quest can also be charged. Owning it in MacBooks has always been an unexpected non-proprietary move, and maybe it’s too good to be sustainable.
If Apple can find a way to restore MagSafe without losing the standard USB-C connection to the power port, then I will go all out. If this means using a proprietary power brick, MagSafe should probably die.