MBP 2016/TB - Clamshell mode, magnet location

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by takufner, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. takufner macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011
    I just upgraded my 2011 MBP to a MBP 2016/TB 15 inch.

    With my old computer, when using it on my desk, I plug it into my external display and used to put a small/weak magnet in the left side, just below the left speaker, and the screen just goes off and I used it in clamshell mode, but with the lid opened.

    I'd like to use like this with my new MBP as well, specially because I want to access the fingerprint scanner without having to open the macbook.

    Is there a way to do this in this new model? Where is the location to put the magnet? I just tried every possible position around where the lid touches the computer body.

    Kind regards,
  2. QzzB macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2015
    Can you not just plug in a monitor and use it? why do you have to put a magnet on the machine? External displays work with the laptop open surely?
  3. PalidinoDH macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2014
    I think he's asking because I doesn't want to waste resources powering the internal display because he isn't using it.
  4. takufner thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011
    Man, can you just try to answer the question?

    There could be millions of reasons to use the way I use. And my unique reason will not change the final answer: someone knows where is the location of the lid magnet?

    Kind regards,
  5. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    Ah, ok.

    No, I don't know how to trick it, but I'm quoting this sentence so other people have a better chance of seeing it.

    You've tried the new model already, then? Both on the body and on the display frame?
  6. takufner thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011
    Thanks for the reply.

    Yes, I've tried very slowly around the display and around the body. Even tried with two magnets at same time, if there was a chance to have two sensors that have to be touched at same time.

    I think that with this new paradigm of opening the lid and the computer turns on, the sensor to detect the opening and closing of the lid is something more robust than just a magnet.
  7. lobo1978 macrumors 6502


    Sep 22, 2011
    My suggestion is to look closely at ifixit hi-res photos of disassembled mac or ask this question at ifixit forum.
  8. Awjvail macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    I highly doubt the Touch Bar and therefore Touch-ID even work when it thinks the lid is closed, anyway.
  9. killawat macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2014
    Good answer. Hopefully Apple will give us a magic keyboard with Touch ID.
  10. sunlit macrumors member


    Mar 5, 2011
    I have not been able to find the magnetic sensor on my 2017 macbook pro either. They changed something, and I suspect it might be hidden in the hinge or something like that.
  11. avolmar macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2018
    Any news in this case? I am looking for this magnetic switch as well, since I am doing a lot of high power tasks, and want to avoid any power waste for internal display when I am using external display. Hopefully there are any (new) ideas.

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