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Apple patent suggests MagSafe to USB-C adapter in the works

by Brandon Russell | April 5, 2017April 5, 2017 10:30 am PDT

It sucks that Apple’s pro laptops no longer have an SD card reader. But it’s even worse that Apple has ditched its MagSafe technology.

Apple’s MagSafe power connectors were, as the name suggests, magnetic, and were designed to be a safety feature. Once plugged in, the cord would easily detach without pulling your computer off a table. The feature is absent from Apple’s newest MacBook Pro, replaced by USB-C ports, but it may not be gone for long.

A new patent, spotted by Mashable, suggests Apple is working on a MagSafe to USB-C adapter, which will no doubt put a lot of clumsy Apple owners at ease. There are some photos attached to the patent filed by Apple, which are pretty self-explanatory.

Here is the Abstract included in the patent, which was filed all the way back in January of last year:

Connector adapters that may have a MagSafe connector receptacle and a Universal Serial Bus Type-C connector insert. This may allow MagSafe chargers to be used to charge devices having Universal Serial Bus Type-C connector receptacles. This also may provide the breakaway characteristic of a MagSafe connector receptacle. Other adapters may have other types of magnetic connector receptacles and connector inserts.

Why didn’t Apple think of this sooner?

It’s a little shocking Apple hasn’t already released a solution to this problem, especially when other companies have already released products that tackle the issue. Griffin, for example, released a breakaway USB-C solution for the MacBook at the beginning of last year.

Apple’s solution is a little different, but it still runs into the same problem Griffin’s MagSafe connector faced: The adapter will stick out of your laptop like an annoying pimple. It’s unclear if Apple intends on releasing a MagSafe to USB-C adapter, but at least we know the company is thinking about it.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...