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  • Apple Shows Possible Interest in MagSafe for iPad



    There's much talk in response to the latest published patent application from our friends at Patently Apple, which reveals that the next generation iPad may come with the MagSafe power connector built in. While the MagSafe could also be used for future iPhones and iPods as well, it's much more practical for Apple to restrict their use of the feature with the iPad because of the device's computer-like nature.

    Based on the information gathered from Apple's patent, "the connector 62 may be a power connector such as the MagSafe power connector manufactured by Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif. The MagSafe power connector utilizes a magnetic attraction to help retain a corresponding connector thereto." According to the patent, the MagSafe would work across various iDevice product lines.

    Of course, skeptics would argue the most logical point first - if Apple introduced this patent in 2007, why wouldn't there already be a MagSafe power connector built into the first generation iPad, which was released in early 2010? That's a good question that only the people at Apple can answer. But it should be pointed out that Apple "put the pedal to the metal" on a continuation patent filing - something that was only undertaken this past summer.

    Still, regardless of the tech giant's decision to pass on the MagSafe for the first iPad, it could very well be that Apple is taking a wait and see approach with regard to iPad usage among consumers to see if battery life proves such an issue that the addition of MagSafe would serve as a valuable selling tool for subsequent generations of iPads.

    Patently Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Shows Possible Interest in MagSafe for iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      What's the advantages with this kind of connector? Time to research cause I've never heard of it.
    1. csworrell's Avatar
      csworrell -
      Quote Originally Posted by stlcaddie View Post
      What's the advantages with this kind of connector? Time to research cause I've never heard of it.


      Haha someone has been living in a whole. haha
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      i assume this is what powers or charges mac laptops so this would mean we wouldnt need to connect our phones or ipads to something internally in those idevices that could get damaged and need to be replaced(if i'm reading this right)
    1. sharpjunkie76's Avatar
      sharpjunkie76 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stlcaddie View Post
      What's the advantages with this kind of connector? Time to research cause I've never heard of it.
      Ever got up from the couch or had a kid or dog kick your power cable while it was connected to a laptop then watch as the laptop goes flying across the room? Well the MagSafe is magnetic so bot possible. Any major pull and it will come right out. Also being magnetic it's impossible to actually break the port physically since nothing pops in an out like an hdmi. Greatest patent since sliced bread. Go to an apple store and check out the MacBooks and you will understand. Or YouTube MagSafe.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      I think it'd be a great idea only if they added it along with the 30 pin connector so that we'd have a choice. I know some people will say that it would be serving the same purpose but I'd rather use MagSafe in a home environment instead of docking it or having that cable sticking out of the bottom.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      i hope that they didn't stole that from some compay and have pay for it later lol.
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      i hope that they didn't stole that from some compay and have pay for it later lol.

      Don't be silly...apple has had this on their MacBook line for quite a while. If they stole the idea, someone would have sued by now.

      Besides, it only makes sense if they introduced this to their other products.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Megsafe + 30pin connector + iPad = amazing
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLaw-One View Post
      Don't be silly...apple has had this on their MacBook line for quite a while. If they stole the idea, someone would have sued by now.

      Besides, it only makes sense if they introduced this to their other products.
      man you know so much,you work for them?
    1. zmanforever's Avatar
      zmanforever -
      Meh employee zombie move up on the Apple ladder peoples I don't like them they tell lies to make commission.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      This should of been on the idevices on day 1.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I wanna see apple create MagSafe USB for all of their idevices.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      I think MagSafe would be great. But now you need a different cable
    1. vruls's Avatar
      vruls -
      YAY magsafe is awesome, they should really get that on all their iDevices
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Oooo that would be very nice. I actually hope this rumor is true.
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      "Computer-like nature?" Still laughing here at work when I read that LMAO...
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      MagSafe would be way better but they cost way more than a 30 pin connector
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      Quote Originally Posted by stlcaddie View Post
      What's the advantages with this kind of connector? Time to research cause I've never heard of it.
      Research = scan top 15 results on google search and/or wikipedia.

      I loce how easy research has become.
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      Quote Originally Posted by csworrell View Post
      Haha someone has been living in a whole. haha
      SUCK IT, and spell HOLE right. LOL

      My bad, I thought Apple was coming out with a Safe. LOL, C'mon people I ain't that stupid. " no comments please ".
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      Come on people. Can you immagine this device with 30 pins in it? It would be half the size of the ipod shuffle. Not exactly fitting to the streamlined image.
      Sidebar. Are that many pins necessary? Could this port realistically run off 6 to 10 pins? Then it could pass the "make sense" test
      Just my nickel's worth