Redesigned MacBook Pro Power Adapter Coming?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has reportedly halted shipments of its MacBook Pro MagSafe power adapter according to AppleInsider.

    The site notes that several issues have been reported regarding Apple's power supplies. Indeed, our forums have been active regarding the issues, the most serious of which appears to be related to fraying of the wire at the base and near the MagSafe connector. Another more minor issue is related to the LED light not accurately displaying the charging status.

    It should be noted that AppleInsider is very clear that the redesign appears to be intended for the MacBook Pro adapter, despite the issues being reported in both the 85W and 60W versions.

    This would make the second time the MacBook Pro power adapter has been re-designed. Earlier this summer Apple released a smaller version of the adapter.

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  2. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 27, 2001
    Los Angeles
    no love for the regular macbook

    I had my adapter replaced under warranty due to premature fraying. :(
  3. Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    I'm honestly surprised why a recall hasn't been issued for this yet. People are apt to debate whether or not people are being too tough on their cords or not, but the fact still remains that a short happened, and the built-in circuit breaker did not activate to prevent the plastic from melting and a fire hazard from forming.

    At the very least, it seems to me like there is a problem with the circuit breaker, if not remaining issues with how the insulation is constructed.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Ja Di ksw

    Apr 9, 2003
    Why is Apple so bad at making power adaptors for their portables? I know of so many people who have had broken ones despite taking good care of them. One of my own started sparking(!), and the one they gave me to replace it with has to be rotated a certain way or the power will cut out. My girlfriend's is fraying right at the plug, and my friend's is breaking at the connection to the brick. The reviews of them on Apple's website are horrible.

    Get with it, Apple!
  5. macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Fletcher, NC
    Yep...I ordered one almost a week ago -- said 2-3 weeks backorder. I just wanted a spare, but maybe they'll recall all of them so I can get my original one replaced. Right now it's working fine, but it does worry me when I read stories about frayed wires and whatever.

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  6. macrumors 65816

    Jun 4, 2005
    Orange County, CA
    I haven't seen any issues with mine or any of my friends' Macbooks or Macbook Pros (gotta be at least a dozen total). It's shown the wrong LED light a couple times, but that's a couple out of a few hundred times I'd looked at it.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2005
    No problem with the adapter on my Macbook either. I don't dispute that others are having legitimate problems though- which leads me to think it isn't a design problem but a manufacturing/quality control problem?
  8. Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Q Division, Los Angeles
    Does Apple really have a worse track record than other computer vendors?
  9. macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2007
    This is one thing that Apple is not good at. I complained about my PB G4 adapters. (I have 3, each one is burnt and melted and one sparks) I know have to go to the store for them to look at it because what I said over the phone wasn't good enough. :rolleyes: It's ridiculous.
  10. macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    ...took the words right out of my mouth.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2007
    Another redesign??

    Unbelievable. Only just bought the latest version because the old version was too big.Must admit that I haven't had any problems with either but those pics are really worrying - no house fires please....
  12. macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    Why not a redesigned MacBook Pro?

    Come on Apple give me something to spend my money on! :mad:
  13. macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Keep trying Apple. Maybe this time you'll get it right.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2005
    Yeah, I noticed the LED light not working for me all the time either. Earlier this year the cord almost frayed. Maybe this time I'll get the newly designed "smaller" version.

  15. macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2005
    yeah my new mbp 2.4 was a missng its adapter i called to see if they would send one out and it been 3 weeks. they said they wouldnt be sent out for 4-5 weeks so hopefully soon ill get a new one.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2004
    tristate area
    will they ever get it right? I've had so many of these things go on me...
  17. macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    How can you use a laptop without that? I would be incredibly po'ed if I had to wait that long for the adapter.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2004
    What does this fraying look like? I think my adapter has been frayed for over a year now. Anyone have a pic?
  19. macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2007
    My MBP power adapter frayed near the MagSafe port a while back. It was fine for a while and started to look brown and I started to smell something burning. Got up a few seconds later to get something out of the oven and the whole thing had melted and had exposed the wiring.

    Took it to the Apple store and the genius said "Sorry, can't do anything about it. You can buy a new one." I told him how this could have set fire to my apartment and how it literally just sits around on a desk and hardly ever gets moved. After a few minutes of bickering about how I had AppleCare and how this is a safety hazard, he went to the back and got me a new power adapter. It's "the last one I'm getting" were his words.

    Glad to see it's a little more widespread. My new one hasn't given me trouble, but if there is a recall, I'll welcome a new one!

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  20. macrumors 6502a

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
  21. macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2007
    I bought my MBP in June but havent had any problems with my power adaptor. The only problem is that it is HUGE compared to the new "smaller" ones. You guys think they will do a recall and I will be able to get a new one?
  22. macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2002
    The fraying isn't unique to the MagSafe adapters, though. The adapters during the iBook G3/G4 era were prone to that also. At least there were cheaper alternatives to consider (e.g. MacAlly).

    The MagSafe adapters have been the most defect-prone, though. The first round it was about melting strips, as well as "buzzing" it generated when plugged in.

    At least they're doing something to correct this. But I think a recall will only be issued if this has gotten critical mass.
  23. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Haha, oh wow.

    Maybe we do complain a bit much about Apple. Then again we do want them to ship the best products. Maybe they should listen to us a bit more often. :rolleyes:
  24. macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    If we don't, who will? ;)
  25. macrumors 6502

    Billy Boo Bob

    Jun 6, 2005
    Dark Side Of The Moon
    How to tell...

    Anyone know how to tell what adapters they're on about? My sister just brought home a shiny new hi-rez MBP 17 and it has an adapter in it... But I don't know if it's different or not since I've never seen an "old" one.

    She has an A1222 model number.

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