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Retina Display MacBook Pro and New MacBook Air Includes Thinner MagSafe 2 Power Port

In its quest for thinness in the Retina Display MacBook Pro, Apple removed the optical drive and built the display into the unibody construction. The company's engineers also designed a new, thinner MagSafe power port to accommodate the notebook's 0.71" height.

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The new MagSafe 2 connector -- which is incompatible with the original MagSafe power bricks as well as devices with a MagSafe power cord built into products like the Apple LED Cinema Display and Thunderbolt Display -- is included in the new Retina MacBook Pro as well as the new MacBook Air models. It seems likely the port will make its way to the legacy MacBook Pro models in a future update.

Apple is selling a MagSafe to Magsafe 2 Converter for $9.99 on the Apple Online Store, as well as new 85W and 45W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter for $79 each.

Related roundups: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

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28 months ago
Interesting that they went back to the T-shape.
Rating: 8 Votes
28 months ago

What the advantage of this being thinner?


The advantage is ... it being thinner ...
Rating: 6 Votes
28 months ago
1) Looking at the close-up pics from TheVerge.com, itseems that the overall size is actually BIGGER... yeah it's a smidge thinner, but also a lot wider

2) I don't see how this gives any advantage in making the system thinner... they're already thinner than the USB and Thunderbold ports... so how does making the magsafe still smaller help any???

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Hopefully, they'll also come out with an adapter to go the other way around... that way when I buy the new mac and new adapters, I can use them with my old macs as well
Rating: 4 Votes
28 months ago
What the advantage of this being thinner?
Rating: 4 Votes
28 months ago

Interesting that they went back to the T-shape.


Didn't notice that before. My guess is because the flat design ends up defeating the purpose of magsafe - to protect your computer when you trip over your cord.

With the flat design it only really works when you are pulling the coord outward, if you go towards the machine it is coming off the desk. The t-shape handles this much better, and I bet with the extra thinness it does even better.

As long as they figured out the fraying problem with the T design...
Rating: 3 Votes
28 months ago
Thank god Apple always makes its products thinner, lighter and smaller with every update. So we have more space in our pockets for all the numerous adapters… :D ;)
Rating: 2 Votes
28 months ago
My first thought is: they didn't update the Cinema Display with MagSafe 2. This goes against one of the advantages of the Cinema Display: reducing the number of wires on the desk.
Rating: 2 Votes
28 months ago
I'm not happy they updated it, but I'm happy they are offering a $10 adaptor.

I keep MagSafe adaptors everywhere, I'm glad I don't have to replace them.

I'm sure I'll be losing the tiny adaptors too :(

Gary
Rating: 1 Votes
28 months ago
Thank god the adapter is cheap! I was fearing a $19.99 cable! :eek:
Rating: 1 Votes
28 months ago

What the advantage of this being thinner?


It'll fit thinner MacBooks. Should I say thinner devices? (iOS?)

Gary
Rating: 1 Votes

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