The new MacBook Pros dropped a weight class and gained a Touch Bar, but they also killed the beloved MagSafe charger.
Instead of a charging port that gently breaks away when tugged (or tripped over), Apple replaced it with USB-C. Sure, USB-C is more versatile — it’s reversible, and capable of transferring data and video in addition to power — but it’s no MagSafe.
A newly publicized patent, however, suggests Apple could have a fix in the works.
According to patent 20170093104, Apple is entertaining the idea of a MagSafe-to-USB-C adapter for MacBooks, which would bring back the magnetic charging functionality (sorta).
From what we can tell, Apple’s MagSafe adapter would actually work like an existing product: Griffin’s BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable. The only difference would be, you’d be using a real MagSafe plug instead of Griffin’s magnetic plug, which has been called flimsy.