Anyone miss magsafe

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  1. Compa49 macrumors newbie

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    For those of you with a new 2016 MBP do you miss the magsafe connector? I think this is a great feature and has saved my computer from being yanked on the floor several times.
     
  2. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    Magsafe is better than the current connector. Consolation prize is that the power connector plugs into any USB port which has come in handy a number of times already.
     
  3. Apple 26.2 Contributor

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    I'm sure Apple has a verrrrrrrrrry good reason for doing away with MagSafe, amirite?!
     
  4. thesaint024 macrumors 6502a

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    I am honestly indifferent to magsafe. I have never had an "incident" and have often been in harm's way. Maybe it's the way I use it usually. It's usually on my desk charging or on the go without a charging cable. In the few times I'm charging in some foreign place, I'm a little more cognizant and don't leave it in a compromising situation. It's just a little common sense.

    Would I rather have it than not, probably for insurance. But the real test is that the Belkin is available out there for $40. If people actually felt that strongly, every MBP sold would also mean a sale of a Belkin breaksafe. I don't think that's the case. It's just another thing to complain about because of the price, which is valid. But put your money where you typing is and just buy a Belkin.
     
  5. nj-mac-user macrumors 6502

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    I've always been super careful with my Macbooks and paranoid every time one of my kids came near, so I really don't see the need for Magsafe personally. However, I can see it's value for the many who may not be as super careful as I am.
     
  6. iizmoo macrumors 6502

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    There's thirdparties alternatives coming soon, and if Belkins make a better redesignof Breaksafe, it should be good.
     
  7. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    I thought Magsafe was a great concept. The one thing I miss about the new USB C chargers is not having the little light to tell me if my MBP is fully charged at a quick glance.
     
  8. thesaint024 macrumors 6502a

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    Yep. That is the greater loss for me. RIP charge light indicator.
     
  9. AdonisSMU, Nov 26, 2016
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    No way. MagSafe was terrible.
    • It is a single purpose port.
    • Plus the cord gets damaged easily. Give me the USB-C ports any day of the week. My 2015 12" MB cord still works to this day and has zero damage.
    • Being able to plug into any port and power my device is more important to me than charging with a Magnet.
    I will say that the power light was useful. Maybe replacing that audio jack with a power light might have been more useful or putting a light somewhere visible on the MBP or the USBC cord to let me know that my machine is charging would've been nice.
     
  10. x-evil-x macrumors 68030

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    anybody know of a usb-c with a led light indicator?
     
  11. yillbs macrumors 6502

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    I like magsafe, but I've not had a reason to need it as of yet. I baby my 13.. it rarely gets left alone, if I walk away, it's so light.. I just bring it with me, to the couch, to the table, etc.
     
  12. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I liked it but I don't miss it like a girlfriend, as many here seem to do. I did place an order for Snapnator (Kickstarter) that will be shipping a magnetic magsafe type connector the first week in January.
     
  13. ajcgn macrumors regular

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    I've yanked mine off a couple of times over the years, so it's helped me avoid tripping, nevermind the MBP.
     
  14. triplekg Suspended

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    miss the ability to stick it close and it plugs in, miss the light as well. Also lose a USB port when charing...

    Good thing is the power cord can now be plugged in either side now but overall the new connector isn't as good as magsafe...
     
  15. riotrhythm macrumors regular

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    I hated MagSafe. The chargers were of poor build quality and the magnet on my rMBP isn't strong. Good riddance, imho
     
  16. thesaint024 macrumors 6502a

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    Well that was surprising. Not quite the "fair and balanced" responses I expected. No posts with fanboy accusations? Or a significant number of pro magsafe posts at all. WTF is this forum coming to?
     
  17. Compa49 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I understand not liking the single use port but when you are charging you loose a port anyways. Do you really ever use all the ports on your MBP at the same time?

    I have heard people complaining about how fragile the magsafe cord is but I haven't had any issue with my on my 2012 MBP. My magnet is also not prone to being weak as many complain about.

    I was just interested to see how many missed the feature on the new MBPs since there are lots of complaints about various things they took away from it to make it smaller.
     
  18. Virgo macrumors 6502

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    They should add an optional charging indicator to the touch bar. That'd be cool, considering I always use my apps in full-screen which covers the status bar.
     
  19. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    There is a precedent for a light on the computer. The Clamshell iBook has an LED ring around the charging port with the familiar yellow/orange charging indicators. The "large" barrel jack used with these, all the Powerbook G3s, and the PowerBook 3400 never had an LED in the charger itself. When Apple switched from the "puck" type chargers to the now familiar white block accompanied by a small barrel jack, we got a ring LED on the plug itself and-as they say-the rest is history.

    Granted that was a different time and place. My 15" non-Retina is smaller in nearly every dimension than a Clamshell-if it's set on top of a clamshell the corners stick out past the edge, although the clamshell is still wider at its widest point.
     
  20. thesaint024 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah but the killer feature for me was that I could see the light while it was closed. On these '16's, soon as you open it's on, so no point. That tb indicator might help if you're docked and have it open while sleeping. Consolation is that it powers up and wakes up so fast, it's not as big of a deal. Come to think of it, I miss those 5 little lights on the side that gave charge status.
     
  21. Balaamsdonkey macrumors 6502

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    I miss that it's not there but I plan on getting the Griffin or Bellingham (can't remember which) Breaksafe cable when they come out with the version for slightly more power.
     
  22. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    I'm coming from a 12" MB so... I got used to not using any ports but I did buy a USBC to lightening cable just in case I needed it.
     
  23. bab5139 macrumors newbie

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    The engineers should have put one on there. I can just imagine some crazy meeting when the engineers told management that the computer weighed 4.001 pounds. The response back "that's not good enough". Well if we remove the mag safe power adapter then we can get it to 4.0005 pounds. Still not good enough..."well we could remove the USB-A port". "Excellent, that's the way we should move forward. The consumers are just going to love how light it is"
     
  24. dugbee macrumors regular

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    I think anyone who has a lap dog appreciates MagSafe multiple times a day. I can attest to that, and I've only had my refurb 2015 MPB for a couple of weeks. That said, I'd love to be able to charge it from the right side instead of the left.
     
  25. maratus macrumors 6502a

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    MagSafe was a good idea, but Apple's cables were bad and MagSafe implementation was so-so. Now we need to think about 3rd party cables with MagSafe-like functionality, but at least they'll be durable and not proprietary.

    Lose one, get two. I think it's a win overall. If Apple's original Magsafe charger wasn't such a piece of sht... I'd miss it.
     

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