Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reinvents MagSafe for the iPhone, iPad and Macs." Apple's engineering teams have been working hard to find an alternative design for the MagSafe connector as this second report covers an alternative to their first invention published today by the U.S. Patent Office.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 below illustrates an electronic system that may be improved by the incorporation of embodiments of the present invention.
Apple's patent FIG. 3 above in-part illustrates a more detailed view of a connector system. The connector receptacle #110 (of FIG. 1) may be housed in a MacBook's housing. The connector receptacle may include magnet #360. In this example, spring-loaded contact #350 may have a tip of the plunger #352 at the opening #343. The Spring-loaded contact may further include spring #356 in housing #354. A sphere or other object #358 may operate with a sloped backside to the plunger #352 to ensure that plunger remains in contact with housing. This may prevent receptacle currents from flowing exclusively through the spring which might be sufficient to destroy the spring.
Apple's patent FIG. 5 below illustrates a yoke for a connector receptacle; FIGS. 8-10 illustrate a disconnect sequence
To review the intricate details of this invention, check out Apple's patent application 20190103701 here. The patent application was published today by the U.S. Patent Office was originally filed back in Q3 2017. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
A few of the inventors include veteran Christopher Stinger who left Apple after this patent two years ago to the day; veteran Brett Degner Senior Manager, Product Design; and Mike Leclerc, Senior Product Design Engineer, Advanced Architecture.
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