Magnetic connector gives new MacBooks that old MagSafe feel

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Your USB-C connector is now safe from a sudden yank on the cord.
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MagSafe connection is no more, but Magtop Pro brings back that feature on new MacBook Pros with Type-C charging.

Magtop maybe the tiniest of Mac accessories, but there’s nothing small about its place between the end of your power cord and the Type-C socket.

It returns that crisp, secure magnetic connection that came with plugging the cord into the side of your machine. It also adds features absent from several magnetic adaptors, including 100W of charging power, 4K video and audio transmission, LED indicator light and a transfer speed of 10 Gb/s.

Magtop Pro
Magtop Pro is available on Kickstarter for $27.
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MagSafe was a popular feature. If while working in a cafe someone tripped on your cord, the cord would pop out of the socket without damage. Apple won the MagSafe patent in 2007 but since USB-C became the new standard, it has phased out MagSafe on its newest machines.

Currently, the MacBook Air is the only machine that uses a MagSafe connector.

Magtop Pro is available for pre-order on Kickstarter for $27. If the campaign is successful and production targets are met, the magnetic adapter should ship by October.

Designed by a team of entrepreneurs from Spain, Magtop Pro is outfitted with strong, neodymium magnets. USB-C plug connects to an aluminum shield with 20 gold-plated pogo pins, some of which are for power and other used as data transfer points.

It’s not just for the Type-C MacBook Pro. It will fit any device, from smartphones to tablets and docks, that has a USB-C connector.

While some Kickstarter projects collapse before products are sent to backers, the Magtop Pro team has minimized its risks by doing everything in-house.