MagSafe Finally Returning to MacBook Air

Apple's MagSafe charging connector is expected to make a long-awaited return to the MacBook Air in the near future, according to reliable reports.

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A January report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman claims that Apple's next-generation ‌MacBook Air‌ will feature the return of ‌MagSafe‌ charging.

‌MagSafe‌‌ first debuted in January 2006 when Apple launched the first-ever MacBook Pro and was present on the first ‌MacBook Air‌ in 2008. The ‌‌MagSafe‌‌ port featured a rectangular design with five holes, which corresponded to an accompanying connector with magnets.

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The simple idea behind ‌MagSafe‌ was that if tugged on, the charger would detach quickly and smoothly without causing damage to the ‌port or dragging the MacBook Pro. Better still, charging was easier than with USB-C because there was no need to align and insert a connector deeply into a port thanks to its shallowness and use of magnets.

In 2016, with the introduction of the USB-C MacBook Pro models, Apple began discontinuing ‌‌MagSafe‌, and the last machine with ‌‌MagSafe‌‌, the 2017 ‌MacBook Air‌, was discontinued by Apple in July 2019. The switch back to ‌‌MagSafe‌‌ is likely to be popular with ‌MacBook Air‌ owners who have missed the feature.

The ‌MacBook Air‌ is not the only Mac rumored to be restoring ‌MagSafe‌ charging. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a recent report, which outlined many of the changes coming to the new high-end Mac laptops, that "the ‌‌MagSafe‌‌ charging connector design is restored" on the upcoming MacBook Pro models. This has been corroborated by Gurman, who explained that the restored ‌MagSafe‌ charging will include a similar design to the previous incarnation of ‌MagSafe‌ on MacBooks.

The return of ‌MagSafe‌ may deliver a number of practical benefits, such as faster charging speeds, according to Gurman. The presence of the connector would also restore its original main selling point, which was easy connection and disconnection using magnets.

Kuo has previously said that Apple will introduce a new ‌‌MacBook Air‌‌ at some point in 2022, suggesting there may not be a refresh in 2021. According to Kuo, the ‌‌MacBook Air‌‌ coming in 2022 will feature a mini-LED display, a prediction also echoed by DigiTimes.

For more information about ‌MagSafe‌, see our "Look Back at Apple's Original Magnetic Charging Technology".

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