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Kahney’s Korner: Something’s missing from new MacBook – magnetic attraction


Leander Kahney likes Apple's use of magnets. So what happened with the new MacBook?
Leander Kahney likes Apple's use of magnets. So what happened with the new MacBook?
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Leander is having a bit of a moment. One of his favorite features of Apple product design is missing on his shiny new MacBook.

Jony Ive, what have you done with the magnet?

You can commiserate with our Editor and Publisher over the loss of the magnet that secured the cable to the charging port in the latest Kahney’s Korner video.

Apple made the leap into the future by designing the new 12-inch MacBook Pro with a single USB-C port. From the one port, users will be able to charge the machine or transfer data more quickly. The cable goes both ways, so either end goes into the port without the user having to worry about plug orientation.

That being said, gone is the satisfying snap heard on older models when the plug is near the charging port. The new plug must be pushed in place, much like you do with the cable on the Lightning port of the iPhone.

“It’s so elegant, it’s such an old technology, it’s physics that is put to such good use,” Leander says. “Apple, come on. What happened? Put it back.”

In less than two minutes, Leander will give a brief history of magnets – which dates back a few thousand years – plus run down the many ways Apple has used magnets, from that little remote you could stick to the side of your iMac to how the new Apple Watch magnetically secures to its charger.


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