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  • MagCable is a KickStarter Campaign That Promises MagSafe-like Connections for iPhone


    MagSafe connectors are a magnetic-style power connector that Apple introduced in 2006 with its Macs, and to date, Apple still uses MagSafe (albeit MagSafe 2) to power its Mac computers. The idea is that if someone were to trip over the wire, the plug could just magnetically disconnect from the computer rather than pulling the whole computer off of the table and causing damage.

    Many users, however, wish that a similar technology would be built into the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, allowing Apple's mobile devices to be powered by a magnetic connection instead of a plug-in style connection. Despite the fact that the idea behind MagSafe would be mostly pointless on a device with hardly any weight to prevent an impactful fall when someone trips over the charging cable, it's still something users seem to want because, well, magnets are cool.

    Since the demand is there, a new KickStarter campaign called the MagCable will bring the feature to fruition, since Apple hasn't yet. The MagCable comes with various options for iOS and Android devices; you can choose between a Lightning-to-MagCable adapter, or a full-on MagCable. The cable attaches to the smartphone using a small magnetic insert that goes into the charging port, as shown above.

    An image of the Lightning-to-MagCable adapter is shown below:



    The MagCable comes with indicator lights to let you know what the cable is doing, whether that is charging or syncing the device. If you're plugged into a power outlet, you can use a built-in feature to have MagCable charge your iPhone up to twice as fast. A button built into the cable lets you charge between fast charging mode and data sync mode.



    It's also worth noting that MagCable is fully reversible:



    You can back the project on KickStarter and get your very own MagCable and MagCable magnetic plug for just $16. Higher backers will receive other goodies, like Lightning-to-MagCable adapters, and multiple cables. You can read more about it here. So far, there are 26 more days to back the project and the project has raised about $22,000 as of this writing out of a target of $147,568.

    Are you interested in a MagCable for your iPhone?

    Source: KickStarter
    This article was originally published in forum thread: MagCable is a KickStarter Campaign That Promises MagSafe-like Connections for iPhone started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      Not really. It's a good idea but will stay a very clumsy way to charge without Apple getting involved. Just don't get it.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      I like it. I'll probably chip in $16 in hopes that apple will steal the idea
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      It's an awesome idea. So many iPhone will get saved from the cord yanking it to the floor if you or your pet trip over it. I figured apple was going that route anyway because of there MacBook,
    1. jswriter's Avatar
      jswriter -
      ZNAPS is another Kickstarter product that's to be released in November. It uses a small adapter on lighting cables to achieve the MagSafe connection.
    1. Icepecks's Avatar
      Icepecks -
      Surely wireless charging which is eminent will render such a product pointless. iP7 will have wireless charging.
    1. Rakim's Avatar
      Rakim -
      For $16.00 I don't really care about the future iPhone capabilities, I'll buy in just because just like it was stated earlier in this thread, Magnets are COOL and why Not help a new inventor bring a new useful product to the market?? I'm In!! Maybe even for two... Hell all I wanna know is will it fit the port on my life proof cases...
    1. Drake Worth's Avatar
      Drake Worth -
      It's a good idea in the sense that it protects my iPhones charging port prom collecting lint.
    1. RandyTG's Avatar
      RandyTG -
      ZNAPS is a better choice at only $9 and they reached all of their goals including MFi certification and their cable solution is more streamlined. I bought some for a couple of iPhones and iPads.
    1. kelvin.ip's Avatar
      kelvin.ip -
      Quote Originally Posted by jswriter View Post
      ZNAPS is another Kickstarter product that's to be released in November. It uses a small adapter on lighting cables to achieve the MagSafe connection.
      But Znaps is an adapter which will make the complete connection tip a very long one. This affects the convenience during charging.
    1. kelvin.ip's Avatar
      kelvin.ip -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rakim View Post
      For $16.00 I don't really care about the future iPhone capabilities, I'll buy in just because just like it was stated earlier in this thread, Magnets are COOL and why Not help a new inventor bring a new useful product to the market?? I'm In!! Maybe even for two... Hell all I wanna know is will it fit the port on my life proof cases...
      Hi Rakim, I'm from the design team of MagCable. Thanks so much for your support! We actually will have 3 models coming.
    1. kelvin.ip's Avatar
      kelvin.ip -
      Quote Originally Posted by rolandgabor View Post
      Not really. It's a good idea but will stay a very clumsy way to charge without Apple getting involved. Just don't get it.
      Seems that Lightning connector or maybe the next connector using Type-C will still last for some time. Third-party would be a fast way to solve current problems

      Hope we can get your support!
    1. SmurfedYoMom's Avatar
      SmurfedYoMom -
      Znaps will start shipping out in Jan 2016 thats too much if a wait lol i think ima back this one up for 9 bucks you really cant go wrong
    1. kelvin.ip's Avatar
      kelvin.ip -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      I like it. I'll probably chip in $16 in hopes that apple will steal the idea
      Thank you bmwraw8482
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by kelvin.ip View Post
      Hi Rakim, I'm from the design team of MagCable. Thanks so much for your support! We actually will have 3 models coming.
      Just backed! can't wait!
    1. kelvin.ip's Avatar
      kelvin.ip -
      Quote Originally Posted by Icepecks View Post
      Surely wireless charging which is eminent will render such a product pointless. iP7 will have wireless charging.
      However, current wireless charging speed/efficiency is still not as good. The effective charging current is less than 1A.

      The rather expensive charging dock also makes this charging way not a popular one yet.
    1. Bo Troxell's Avatar
      Bo Troxell -
      The web site now says "Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter 9 minutes ago".

      I was willing to back this project too, bummer.
    1. kelvin.ip's Avatar
      kelvin.ip -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      The web site now says "Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter 9 minutes ago".

      I was willing to back this project too, bummer.
      Dear blkcadi, we have no clues for this also right now. We are checking with the KS team. Thx for support!
    1. chusfriends's Avatar
      chusfriends -
      Definitely way better than Znaps... I chipped in for 3 cables and 6 adapters (mine, my wife's, and my iPad's!!)... unless Kelvin.ip wants to give me an extra cable, haha!!

      ...no, seriously, no doubt, it will make our lives easier!! Congrats MagCable team!!

      Cheers!!
    1. DucMike's Avatar
      DucMike -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      The web site now says "Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter 9 minutes ago".

      I was willing to back this project too, bummer.
      Ditto. Guess I shoulda pulled the trigger sooner than later. Hope this pops back up though. Need to figure out exactly how many of each bit I need first...
    1. blv36's Avatar
      blv36 -
      I was able to get my backing in but unfortunately was also cancelled. I hope MagCable can get the project back on track using KS. I am looking forward to supporting again. If kelvin.ip wants to throw in a few extras, I would not be mad