Future iOS Devices Could Have MagSafe Chargers Like Our Macs

Future iOS Devices Could Have MagSafe Chargers Like Our Macs

If you owned an Apple notebook before 2006 when the MagSafe method of charging was introduced, you’ll know that if someone tripped over your power cord, they often took your computer down with them. Now we have the MagSafe, we don’t have to worry about the fool in the coffee shop who isn’t looking where he’s going, because your power cord just pops out with a slight tug.

According to a new Apple patent, MagSafe technology could also be heading to iOS devices to safe them from clumsy feet.

In a patent application published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and discovered by Patently Apple, Apple describes a new method of charging that’s designed to bring piece of mind to iOS device owners:

Apple has been granted a patent for the assembly of a unit supporting MagSafe into an iOS device like an iPad as noted in patent FIG. 7 below. The patent states that “In one particular embodiment, the connector may be a power connector such as the MagSafe.”

It’s unlikely the technology will appear in the iPhone 5 if Apple chooses to use it, but it may appear in iOS devices a little further down the line. Of course, there are also plenty of Apple patents that never actually lead to anything, so let’s not get our hopes up just yet.

Would you like a MagSafe charger in your iPhone or iPad?

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  • Lynn Norris

    They’d have to make the MagSafe connectors magnet weaker because iOS devices weigh considerably less than MacBooks… It could work… 

  • crateish

    I like it. The current dock connector is antiquated (even for its short life), and now that I mention it, prone to having a short life.

    Do it, Apple.

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  • Paul Gosson

    funny i was just talking to a friend of mine about this idea lol i hope they do it.

  • AshleyWilliams25

    ..I just paíd $20.87 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch L E D T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, to.ly/aXoC

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  • Matt Wilson

    This should also transfer data.

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