Note on smart connectors for iPad and beyond..

Discussion in 'iPad' started by FrozenDarkness, May 2, 2016.

  1. FrozenDarkness macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    So I know two things about smart connectors:

    1. It carries power
    2. It has a magnet

    Why didn't apple just introduce a magsafe for the iPad? and for that, if the next iphone has the smart connector too, why not there as well? Keep the lightning port, but have the smart connector be the new de-facto way of charging your phone.

    Has anybody done a teardown on if it's actually possible?
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    Yes it can carry a full charge. I guess I should look forward to magsafe in the future for all our products!
  2. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015

    I read that the smart connector carries Data too and Power Both Ways but no word on how much power or Data rate each way. But it does make a perfect port or connector for some type of Rugged Tablet case with extra battery and flip out keyboard all in one accessory.
  3. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    It doesn't actually have a magnet! The port itself is not magnetic, it's just held in place by the surrounding magnets, i.e. the same ones used for a Smart Cover.
  4. Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
    If it works with the keyboard then somehow it also transfers information. The speeds at which they're transferred is something I'm not sure of.
  5. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    I'm wondering about that too. As much as I'd love an iPad dock with video out, usb in and charging, I highly doubt the bandwidth is there.
  6. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    I am thinking along the same lines, though it would be massively cool to have a full dock with an iPad.

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