Apple engineers are apparently feeling little bit of nostalgia up in Cupertino. After studies the corporate is seemingly planning on killing the Contact Bar, a report from Bloomberg suggests the corporate is planning to deliver again the MagSafe charger and SD card slots.
For these of you who aren’t acquainted with MagSafe, it was the corporate’s means of stopping your laptop computer (otherwise you) from shattering if you inevitably tripped over the charger. The corporate started to desert MagSafe after introducing USB-C with the 2015 MacBook. As nice as USB-C is, it doesn’t do a lot to forestall you from tripping.
An upcoming MacBook Air, to be launched in late 2021 or someday in 2022, will apparently characteristic MagSafe as soon as extra. It would additionally characteristic a pair of USB-4 ports (nonetheless utilizing the USB-C form), and be smaller and lighter than the present MacBook Air. This might be achieved partially by shrinking the bezels.
It’s not clear what kind the brand new MagSafe charger will take — whether or not Apple will revive the outdated connector or give you a brand new one.
Both means, it strikes me as an odd transfer. The corporate not too long ago bragged about now not together with chargers with its smartphones, citing environmental causes, so it appears bizarre they’d reintroduce a charger when USB-C is such a dependable connector for units that match inside its energy capabilities.
However in response to Bloomberg, the return of MagSafe is an try and enchantment to Mac loyalists. To that finish, it’s reported to be bringing again the SD card slot on the MacBook Professional — a characteristic we haven’t seen since 2016. That’ll definitely enchantment to the could photographers on MacOS; it’s 2020, however SD playing cards don’t appear to be going wherever any time quickly.
Apple apparently additionally thought-about mobile connectivity and Face ID on upcoming Macs, however neither characteristic is more likely to arrive this 12 months. There was additionally a 15-inch MacBook Air within the works, however the challenge is seemingly scrapped for now.
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Printed January 22, 2021 — 23:26 UTC