2016 MacBook Pro users, do you miss MagSafe?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hieveryone, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    I love it. I would hate to have to give it up.
  2. Mxbzz macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2012
    I miss it when I'm trying to plug in my MBP in a dark room. There's nothing like being able to place the MagSafe charger relatively close to the port, and letting the magnets snap it into place. I can't do the same with the USB-C port-- it almost seem like the port is awkwardly placed because I can NEVER find the port in the dark. To avoid scratching the side, I stopped trying to plug in my machine in the dark.

    Not a deal breaker, but I would much rather have the option if given the choice.
  3. jksu macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2009
  4. montanaco macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2016
    Surprisingly, not remotely. I have my laptop plugged in at work all day, and while I'm home at night, I never need to charge it so I'm not worried about plugging anything.
  5. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    I also use the indicator light to know if I'm charged up
  6. Sanpete macrumors 68020

    Nov 17, 2016
    I miss the idea of it more than the execution. I had two problems with MagSafe, the second of which is fairly common, judging by the number of reviews for replacements that describe it.

    One, the connector would show by the green light that it was connected when in fact it wasn't, or not properly. This led to numerous accidental battery drains and shutdowns. It wasn't possible to tell if it was properly connected by feeling that the connection was solidly in place.

    Two, the coating on the cable deteriorated to the point that I had to replace it. This was for a 2011, so it lasted over five years, but I'd hope they would last longer.
  7. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    Why didn't Apple leave MagSafe and just add USB C ports?
  8. Sanpete macrumors 68020

    Nov 17, 2016
    Because it would require an extra port that would be redundant with the charging capability of the USB-C ports, I suppose.
  9. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    Makes sense. What Apple could have done is made MagSafe for USB C if that makes sense.

    Like an adapter that sits in the USB C port
  10. Sanpete macrumors 68020

    Nov 17, 2016
    Some third parties are trying. Not sure yet how well it will work.
  11. GBlansten macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2012
    Thick Ascending Limb
    Yes. I miss how easy it is to plug in. I miss the charge light. And I miss the safety aspect of it.
  12. Sully, Feb 4, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2017

    Sully macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2007
    It's something I won't miss until my computer goes flying on to the floor after I trip over the cord. So far I haven't.

    Thankfully, Apple made the charging cord shorter so it will be more difficult to trip over.
  13. facemeat macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2016
    Granted I've only got the rMacbook 12 (2016), but I have yet to miss it.
    I only charge it at night (every other night or so) so I don't have to worry about tripping over any wires.
    As Sully said though, if the day ever comes where I need to charge it some time in the middle of the day and knock it over, yea game over..
  14. caramelpolice, Feb 4, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2017

    caramelpolice macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2012
    Not especially.

    The cable on the MagSafe chargers was incredibly poorly built. I went through one a year or so for the past five years because they kept splitting apart and fraying at the end. Not only were these $80 a pop to replace, but because they are proprietary, there were no cheaper third-party options either.

    For the past year or two on my MacBook Air, I've also had problems with the charger not actually charging when connected. I'd have to jiggle it a bit to get it to actually charge. It also came out way too easily if I moved the system even a little.

    Given the problems I've had with MagSafe cables, there's quite a few reasons I prefer USB-C a as solution on the new Pro:

    • I can plug it in either side. I often use my MBP in a position where I'd have to bend the cable a bit to get it charging on the left-hand side, so being able to plug it into the right side is very convenient. (I worry this contributed to my failing MagSafe cables.)
    • The cable material seems notably sturdier and stiffer than my MagSafe cables.
    • If the cable fails, I can simply swap out the cable rather than the entire power supply, which is much cheaper.
    • While there's few third-party cable options that support 85W charging for the 15" MBP right now, I can charge from power supplies or cables other than Apple's proprietary ones if needed rather than being forced to buy from Apple.
    I do miss the safety aspect of the cable, and I do miss the LED indicator light, but overall I'm much happier with USB-C so far.
  15. bevsb2 macrumors 68000

    Nov 23, 2012
    Not really. What I love is how fast this computer charges to 100%. My computer is mainly used at home and while not impossible, it is unlikely to fly off the dining room table.
  16. Theophil1971 macrumors 6502


    Mar 20, 2015
    Magsafe was nice. But honestly, I don't really miss it. The safety issue isn't really an issue for me. The convenience isn't a big deal. In fact, while I've got the MacBook on my lap, I like the new connector because it doesn't disconnect easily, like the Magsafe did. I also like the fact that any of the 4 USB-C connectors can be used to charge, meaning I can plug it in on either side. The little LED on the MagSafe connector was cool, changing to green when it was fully charged. But honestly, the battery life on these machines is so good now that I end up just charging it overnight anyway, and using it all day.
  17. ejl371 macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2016
    As others have said, I really only miss MagSafe in the dark. Other than that, the added convenience of charging on any port is great.
  18. Mindinversion macrumors 6502


    Oct 9, 2008
    I have never once tripped over a laptop power cord. I practice safe cable management.

    I have, however, frustrated myself with how easily a MagSafe connector would pop OFF.

    If I miss anything, it's being blue to quickly jerk the cable off while wrapping up the cord when I'm in a hurry.
  19. Big Bad D macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2007
    I thought I would miss magsafe. But having now used the new MBP for reasonable time I actually have not missed it at all. Being able to plug the cable in either left or right side has meant I can often simplify where the cable runs more safely. Given that it's a data as well as a power cable, I also don't want the cable to come unplugged too easily.
  20. Swisspo macrumors 6502


    Apr 19, 2015
    You're going to trip over your cord the next time you have it plugged in. ;)
  21. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
    I I like how iOS automatically capitalizes MagSafe in autocorrect yet they discontinued it I liked it but don't really care that it's gone.
  22. JDHiro macrumors regular


    Oct 24, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    I'm probably the minority here, but feel like my MagSafe (especially MagSafe 2) adapters would pop out if I so much as glanced at them wrong. I've never really tripped on a laptop cable.

    The USB-C connection actually feels more secure to me, and I still feel like the plug is small enough that it would pop out of the port given a real yank.

    I'm looking forward to inevitably broader compatibility with the USB-C ports.
  23. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    Nope! I love being able to plug in the cord on either side. And I love that if the cord craps out I don't have to replace the entire power brick too.
  24. rawweb macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2015
    I thought of all the things I might miss, MagSafe was going to be one of them.

    I don't miss it at all.

    I'm no longer frustrated about the numerous disconnects while trying to use it on the couch (commonly because the power source was to the right of me while MagSafe was forced left).

    Love that I can now plug in from either side. Charges incredibly fast too. Plus, cables are now swappable if they ever get chewed up.

    I miss the charging light, sure. But I guess it really isn't all that necessary. Also, I'd love to be able to charge from my Thunderbolt Display. Still waiting for someone to invent MagSafe to USB-C ;). For me, the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot.

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