MagSafe USB-C

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Allograft, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. Allograft macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2014
    any chance of a MagSafe like USB C on the '16 MB? I was in the Apple Store the other day and played with one. That is the only thing I'd want changed...but definatly a deal breaker for me ... Too many kids around
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    No, the whole point about USB-C is the standard connector. But you can buy this.
  3. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Anytime you introduce this kind of thing into a power-supply scenario, it scares me.
  4. Allograft thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2014
    Screw standard. I like stuff that works well
  5. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Probably not. Words on the street is that Apple did have MagSafe USB-C connector at one point. But because MB is so light, it fell to the ground frequently when testers tripped over the cable.
  6. Dayv macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2009
    Assuming it ever comes to market. Kickstarter is not a store, many products are delayed, never ship, or need to be heavily redesigned before release. And there's a possibility this will run afoul of Apple's MagSafe patent.
  7. Dayv macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2009
    I've had my dog trip over the USB-C power cable a couple times. The Macbook moved but didn't fall, and then the cable detached. Not as clean as MagSafe, but it's not a super-tight connector.
  8. dimzen macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2011
  9. New2MacOS macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2008

    I have this one:

    I have used this only once thus far -- to test whether or not this thing works. I still have a 60W charger lying around, so I used that to test this magsafe-to-USB-C adapter, and it charged my rMB from 67% to 69% in 10 minutes. I don't have any clue on the long-term performance of this adapter.
  10. Queen6 macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2008
    Putting out the fire with gasoline...
    That might not be such a good idea given the small print states "Your magsafe power adapter must be 14.5V 45W (cannot 16.5v/18.5v)" my 60W Charger is rated at 16.5V...

  11. New2MacOS macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Thanks for the heads up. Like I said, I ordered the adapter, plugged it in for a 10-minute test and the only charger I had around was the 60W one. I have not used the adapter since, and I am glad to know the correct specs (the print is too small for my 60 year old eyes). Thank you!
  12. MacModMachine macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009

    not true , magsafe can operate at several voltages , it will auto sense voltages.

    note they list them as maximum voltages , assuming ~10% tolerance you will be fine.
  13. New2MacOS macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Thanks for the clarification. That's what my office mate also said before I plugged the MagSafe-to-USB-C adapter to the rMB. Nonetheless, I found a 45w wall charger, so I will be using that instead. Many thanks to all.
  14. Macalway macrumors 68020

    Aug 7, 2013
    I like the magsafe on my MBP but don't miss it. Now, having said that, I should probably be careful.
  15. Mac 128 macrumors 601

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    I'm having a little trouble with that one. First the mag-safe connector is not that secure. I tried this with the 11" MBA at the Apple Store and the MBA didn't move when it was yanked out. And it only weighs .35 lb more than the rMB.

    Second, I can't imagine any scenario where a computer maker would create a magnetic connector which data has to pass through, that can be easily disconnected accidently. I would hate for that to happen during a backup for instance.

    Had Apple included two USB-C ports then perhaps one could have been equipped with a Mag-safe connector for use only with a custom charger. Of course that defeats the whole point of the simplicity of one port, or even two which behave in the same manner.

    So no, I don't believe Apple ever intended to put a mag-safe connector on the rMB.

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