Apple Invents Stackable Ports for MacBook

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It's still only a patent, but Apple has a clever way to overcome the need for more ports on laptops: magnetic stackable expansion ports. Apple was just granted a patent for the idea, and it could find its way not only to the MacBook, but to the iPad, too.

Apple's magnetic expansion port patentApple's magnetic expansion port patent

Apple patent 9,300,083, titled "Stackable Magnetically-Retained Connector Interface," describes a system where a single-port computer, like the MacBook, has a special MagSafe-style connector where USB, Ethernet, video, and other ports could be stacked together.

This looks like a clever way to overcome the concern some people have over the MacBook's single USB C port and address situations where wireless device connections aren't an option. It's also intriguing as a potential iPad feature because it would expand the flexibility of Apple's tablet and make it an easier laptop alternative.

There isn't any guarantee Apple will bring its magnetic port connector to its products, but it looks like a great idea that hopefully will show up at some point.

[Thanks to Patently Apple for the heads up]

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This looks like a cool way to address expandability on the MacBook and iPad. Bonus: it closes up another place where dust and other gunk can get inside.

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BurmaYank

WOW !!!

A “...‘Stackable Magnetically-Retained Connector Interface,’ ... where a single-port computer ... has a special MagSafe-style connector where USB, Ethernet, video, and other ports could be stacked together…”
”...‘Stackable Magnetically-Retained Connector Interface,’ ... where a single-port computer ... has a special MagSafe-style connector where USB, Ethernet, video, and other ports could be stacked together…” is indeed an extremely elegant & ”... cool way to address expandability on the MacBook and iPad. Bonus: it closes up another place where dust and other gunk can get inside.”

On IOS devices, this elimination of the Lightning & headphone jack ports should thus enable the manufacture of significantly thinner, smoother & internally simpler/lighter iPhones & iPads, as well as the 100% waterproofing of them down to dozen-meters depths.

BurmaYank

How would you write on an iPhone or iPad underwater while snorkeling/ scuba diving? I suppose it would require a special underwater pen-scriber.

BurmaYank

What amazing underwater communications would be possible with a built-in underwater microphone/speaker system !!!  (before the oceans were so full of huge ships, whales could communicate by sound for many hundreds of miles.)

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