Digging through Mac rumors can be an ungrateful task. They tend to be filled with as much inactive speculation and expected fulfillment of fulfillment as real information. But some Mac leaks and rumors are worth noting. Last week, just likewas packaged, claimed both Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo .
The idea of new 14- and 16-inch models withshould not shock anyone, nor that Apple’s Touch Bar secondary screen may be on its way out.
But much more significant, at least for longtime Mac followers, is the rumor of the return of the MagSafe connector – a proprietary magnetic power outlet that was part of the MacBook line..
MagSafe’s phasing out began with solutions
Then Apple startedagain in 2020 for a series of magnetic charging accessories, but there are few similarities beyond the name.
The classic MagSafe was a brilliant design that safely pulled loose when you stumbled across it. It probably kept every MacBook safe from at least a few tumbles off the table. But there were also problems. Because they were so proprietary, losing an old MacBook power stone (or almost any portable power supply before the USB-C era) meant hunting for a replacement, and your options were usually an expensive official model or an often unreliable knockoff.
Modern MacBooks use all USB-C ports for charging, which does not allow the cable to come loose safely (at least not by design). But they have an undeniable advantage over MagSafe: No matter what modern, regular laptop I have – a Dell XPS 13, HP Specter, Acer Swift, Lenovo ThinkPad, Asus ZenBook, etc. – there’s a good chance it’s USB-C power cable will work with MacBook, and vice versa.
Apple’s chargers for laptops are 30W, 61W and 96W. Most laptop chargers 45W, or 60W, and I have mixed and matched with abandoned in recent years. Try hard enough, and you may eventually find an edge case where charger A does not work with laptop B, but other than devices such as game laptops (such as), you rarely get a problem.
For me, this means that I end a year working primarily at home, and do not have to worry about which power supply for laptop was in which room. It has honestly been liberating.
The iPad Pro and Air have USB-C charging now, as does everything from the Nintendo Switch to the Oculus Quest. Having it in MacBooks has always been a surprisingly non-proprietary move, and perhaps one that was too good to last.
If Apple can figure out a way to bring MagSafe back without losing the power port’s standard USB-C connection, then I’m all for it. If it means going back to proprietary bricks, MagSafe should probably stay dead.