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.

Thinner, Retina-Enabled, USB 3.0 MacBook Pro Rumor Deluge

MacBook Pros

In a suspiciously well-timed splurge, various news outlets have simultaneously caught wind of Apple’s plans for the forthcoming refresh of the MacBook Pro line. To name only a few, 9to5Mac, Bloomberg, The Verge, and The Next Web are all reporting ostensibly similar information regarding the (apparently) impending hardware updates. Adam Satariano, Ian King and Peter Burrows write for Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. (AAPL) is preparing a new lineup of thinner MacBook laptops running on more powerful chips made by Intel Corp. (INTC), people with knowledge of the plans said.

The MacBook Pro machines, to be unveiled at Apple’s annual developers conference starting June 11, also will feature high- definition screens like those on the iPhone and iPad, as well as flash memory to cut startup times and extend battery life, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans haven’t been made public.

In a separate article, The Verge also suggests concrete knowledge of the laptop’s discrete graphic hardware:

While we can’t yet confirm what specific Nvidia chip Apple will use, an 9to5 Mac report from earlier today located references to the GeForce GT 650M, a 28nm chip built on the “Kepler” architecture that should offer similar power and performance efficiency to the well-regarded 28nm GeForce GT 640M.

Although I tend to refrain from commenting upon unsubstantiated rumor, the coordinated timing of these reports lends a distinct degree of legitimacy to the matter. Apple is renowned for allowing certain portions of news to “leak” to the media in the run up to an event, particularly if it has other announcements to offer.

Considering reports peg the arrival date of the refreshed hardware as occurring during WWDC — Apple’s official developer event beginning on June 11, 2012 — the expected update of iOS 6 and the impending arrival of Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) both seem the logical competitors for the laptop refresh. Last year, Apple refocused WWDC upon software, thus lending credence to the leak of a hardware-centric announcement in the lead-up.

As the opening date for the event draws ever-closer, I imagine plenty more information will accidentally seep out of Cupertino. Having said that, if these reports prove accurate, this sounds a rather promising update. Regardless of any potential for issues with Retina-enabled laptop displays, I find myself utterly excited by the prospect. What fun are practicalities in the first place?