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Apple getting ready to replace MacBook Pro's power adapters

A report from AppleInsider notes that Apple is prepping to introduce new 85-watt MagSafe adapters for its MacBook Pros. This comes on the heels of a litany of complaints from MacBook users.

A report from AppleInsider notes that Apple is prepping to introduce new 85-watt MagSafe adapters for its MacBook Pros. This comes on the heels of a litany of complaints from MacBook users.

If you recall, Apple introduced the idea of a power cord that would detach from the computer if subjected to excessive stress in the form of MagSafe, preventing your (expensive) laptop from flying across the floor should somebody trip it.

Anyway, the "redesigned" power adapters are likely to be a direct result of the following issues:

  • The thinner of the two adapter cords has the likelihood of heating up as well as fraying near both the power brick and the MagSafe connector end
  • The tiny pins inside the MagSafe connector has a tendency to spring back into place, resulting in a faulty connection between the connector and the MacBook Pro's built-in power adapter port
  • LED indicator lights on the MagSafe connector intermittently shut off, though the adapter continues to charge normally

The MacBook Pro's 85 W power adapter is listed as shipping in about two to three weeks at the Apple online store.

Are you affected by any of the above MacBook Pro problems?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

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