David Pogue Criticizes MagSafe 2

David Pogue:

The beauty of the MagSafe connector was that Apple had found precisely the right balance between attachment and detachment. Strong enough to hold the connector in place, weak enough to detach if it gets yanked.

The MagSafe 2 connector fails that balance test. Badly. The magnet is too weak. It’s so weak, it keeps falling out. It falls out if you brush it. It falls out if you tip the laptop slightly. It falls out if you look at it funny. It’s a huge, huge pain.

I’ve been using a 2012 MacBook Air for the better part of two months now, and I haven’t noticed this problem whatsoever. Whether traveling locally or internationally, the Air has been with me at all times, and MagSafe 2 has unquestionably been a trustworthy companion.

Although I tend to aesthetically prefer the preceding L-shaped MagSafe connector, I certainly haven’t suffered through the same levels of anguish that elements of the Apple community have been privy to.

Predicting MacBooks With The Ivy Bridge Schedule

MacBook Airs

For better or worse, the Apple community viciously thrives upon rumor and speculation. Shreds of non-contextual information slip out of China and Cupertino, and are suddenly projected as interconnected and obvious pieces of evidence for forthcoming Apple products. Such behavior, in my eyes, serves only to undermine the impact of any actual release and to misguide rabid consumer expectations. Although, admittedly, it’s interesting to hear of the potential for new product introductions and the like, the vast majority of rumors exist only as patently unsubstantiated pieces of misinterpretation and speculative misunderstandings.

Having said that, there are instances in which intelligent inference facilitates fair speculative insight into the potential for future products. Evidenced by Mr. Marco Arment, discerning and smart inference is entirely plausible when it comes to Apple products and, importantly, such actions do not rely upon vaguely veiled “sources” and people “familiar with the matter.”

Regarding the presumably impending refreshes of the MacBook lines, Marco writes refreshingly conservatively with regard to his thoughts. If you are interested in forthcoming MacBooks or the potential for intelligent discourse regarding future products, I highly recommend reading the post in its entirety.

The Twelve South PlugBug Charger

Twelve South -- the Apple-esque accessory company -- has launched the PlugBug Charger. As with all of their products, the PlugBug is a simple, but unquestionably useful product. 

Patrick Rhone of Minimal Mac:

I want to know how it is that the folks at TwelveSouth keep turning out such amazing “well-duh-I-should-have-though-of-that” stuff.

In all seriousness, I don’t need this. But, oh, how I want it… So conflicted right now.