This morning my Macbook Pro sustained some minor damage, all because Apple has for some reason refused to put MagSafe in its mobile devices. Admittedly, my situation isn’t exactly standard: I have a shelf above my desk where I have a variety of adaptors plugged in to one multi socket adaptor.
So when, still sleepy after having just woken up, I reached for my iPad, I assumed it was unplugged from the power. I was wrong, and the entire setup came crashing down on my Macbook Pro. Luckily the only damage was to the M key, but it could have been a lot worse.
I realise that blaming this on Apple might be harsh, however there is absolutely no reason why some form of MagSafe couldn’t have been developed for iOS devices. There have been many times in the past when I haven’t been paying attention, forgotten my iPhone/iPad was plugged in and given it an almighty tug, and luckily nothing serious has happened.
But I’m sure one day it will, and the more I think about it the more disappointed I am in Apple for not taking the chance with Lightning to integrate some sort of quick release system into the cable.
MagSafe works great and has saved my computer’s bacon on many occasions, surely with the knowhow at Apple somebody has got to be able to transfer it to mobile devices?
I’m no expert, but from a technical point of view, the only challenge would be ensuring the the plug isn’t that deep. The current Lighting cable would never work because it goes too far into the phone for a quick release system. If you can nail that issue, then I would assume it’s pretty much plain sailing.
Having said that, if it was, you’d like to think Apple would have already incorporated it long ago. Who knows, but for me it’s a must have feature and something that’s severely lacking from the Lightning cables.