Apple Patents MagSafe to USB-C Adapter

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Apple has filed a patent for a MagSafe to USB-C adapter that could be used to power its notebooks and provide the breakaway protection users have come to appreciate.

Despite Apple’s pivot away from the breakaway charging cable, people still love it — since it doesn’t cause your laptop to crash to the ground when you trip over the cable — and the option to choose between USB-C and MagSafe would be great.

One of the big complaints with Apple’s new line of MacBook Pros has been the loss of the MagSafe connector. The breakaway connector has saved many laptops from destruction caused by tripping over one’s power cord.

A patent application published last week and filed a little over a year ago reveals that Apple has already designed a MagSafe to USB-C adapter that could be used for its notebooks.

Other companies like Griffin are already a step ahead, offering MagSafe-like breakaway USB-C cables, which is a nice option for $40. Ironically Apple filed for this patent on the same day Griffin announced its BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C adapter last year, which may or may not be a coincidence (probably not). Whether Apple actually builds and releases the adapter is a different question, but we can still hope.

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