Ask any MacBook owner and they’d tell you just how great the MagSafe power connector is. It latches on effortlessly to the MacBook, and it’s a great fail-safe in case anyone were to trip on the power cable. Well, with the introduction of the new MacBook Pro, Apple may be preparing to retire the MagSafe connector.
Unlike its predecessor, all three of the new MacBook Pro laptops only come with USB Type-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports; except for the 3.5mm headphone jack, there is no other port. Instead of relying on the decade-old MagSafe connector, these new laptops charge via any of their Type-C ports instead. While this is convenient, some consumers – myself included – would’ve preferred a MagSafe connector.
Unlike traditional connectors, a MagSafe port wouldn’t suffer much from wear and tear due to its magnetic nature. Plus, it’s much more convenient to connect a MagSafe connector to a laptop than it is to plug a Type-C connector into the new MacBook Pro. After all, there must be a reason why other manufacturers – such as Microsoft with its Surface tablets – have done similar implementations as well.
Regardless, now that the 11-inch MacBook Air has been discontinued, only the 13-inch model – which did not get any form of upgrade – has a MagSafe connector. Alternatively, those who have the 12-inch MacBook – or are planning to get the new MacBook Pro laptops – can opt for this cable instead to replace the MagSafe connector.