Apple redesigns MacBook Pro MagSafe power adaptor

“Apple Inc. has halted shipments of MagSafe power adapters for its MacBook Pro notebook line as a result of quality design issues and is presently working on a fix,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“Several people familiar with the matter say the Cupertino-based firm began pulling inventory of the 85W power supplies from its retail stores a few weeks ago. Those same people say Apple also discontinued shipments to third party retailers ahead of ‘redesigned’ models that are expected to ship sometime later this month of early next,” Marsal reports.

“A quick check with the Apple online store indicates that new orders for the MacBook Pro’s 85W power adapter will ship in about 2 to 3 weeks,” Marsal reports.

More in the full article here.

24 Comments

  1. so is it a flaw that IA . Should be worried about, B. Should expect to get a new power adapter? Or C. Yet another thing I have to buy because Apple didn’t test this enough when they first created it?

    -Pi

  2. I agree with Pi….. If there is actually a design problem with the first ones then there should be a recall so I can send back my adapter for a new “designed properly” one.

    Although I dont have any problems with mine, however I never had any issues with the batteries that were recalled either….

  3. I got one of the new compact 85W power supplies when I got my 17″ MBP however I had to take it in because it was making an awful whine when it was plugged in and anytime my computer was doing anything you could hear it “rev” up. They gave me the old style longer one and no problems. The reason this so called genius stated this happened was that it was because Apple shrunk it. He said that because they shrunk it that the newer ones will be more noise with the compact ones. I just shook my head and took the longer old style one.

    MW: Looking as in I’m still looking for an actual genius at the Apple Store

  4. Boy I should proof read.
    “He said that because they shrunk it that the newer ones will be more noise with the compact ones.”

    Should be:
    “He said that because they shrunk it that the newer ones will be noisier because they had to compact them.”

  5. First, “MW: Looking as in I’m still looking for an actual genius at the Apple Store” . I understand. After all just look at stores like AT&T;, and Palm, and Blackberry, and Dell, and HP, they all have techs just waiting to help you with your problems, right?
    Right?
    er. …. OK, maybe it was that store with the cow spots design on the outside, ??

    Well, actually, I can’t seem to think of any store that has tech help ready to help you for free with your tech questions or product support.

    Hey, wait a minute. What kind of fool company is Apple anyway? Giving away free tech support…… No one else does it, so why should they? After all, the lemmings, … er majority of stores are always right. Right?

    HEY DUDE, you could have bought a Dell. Boy are you lucky. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    en

    MDN = quality. As in all companies have quality issues once in a while. But some of them actually fix and improve their quality. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  6. My MBP is build week 13 and the adapter is exactly as good as new…

    This IS without doubt the very best computer I have owned, used or dreamed of.

    Bring on Leopard… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  7. Sometimes you can do all the testing in the world and you still miss something. Product development is never perfect. Hopefully this issue isn’t dangerous. apple may recall once the new adapters are available.

  8. The question is…
    Will Apple let us trade in our existing MBP power adaptors?
    Or give us a discount toward new ones?

    I have 2, one that stays in my office and a second one to carry around. I’ve had no problems with either of them, except for the size and weight. I sure miss the old Madsonline 45W PowerBook power adaptors! They’re about 1/3 the size/weight of the MBP adaptors.

    Let’s hope the new ones will be smaller and lighter!

  9. I wonder if this is also a design flaw with the MacBook power adapter too. My original power adapter for the MacBook would frequently have a small spark upon plugging the adapter into the wall socket. A “backup” power adapter that I have doesn’t exhibit this behavior nearly to the extent the original does.

    Somehow I think this isn’t the “spark of creativity” that using Macs help promote. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Peace.

  10. @Power Supply: What kind of fool company is Apple anyway? Giving away free tech support…… No one else does it, so why should they?

    Putting a “tech support” t-shirt on a salesperson doesn’t make them a… oh, never mind.

    F the Apple Store. Tekserve is usually pretty great, though.

  11. “frequently have a small spark upon plugging the adapter into the wall socket.”

    Bloody hell. That’s normal when plugging _anything_ into the wall socket. What, Apple’s shit ain’t supposed to stink?!?

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