“I think the MagSafe connector is one of Apple’s best ideas ever. It’s on the end of every Mac laptop’s power cord. It attaches to the laptop with a powerful magnet—but if anybody trips on it, it detaches and falls harmlessly to the floor. The laptop doesn’t go crashing down with it,” David Pogue writes for The New York Times.

“In this year’s laptops, though, like the MacBook Air and the 15-inch Retina display MacBook, Apple changed the design of the MagSafe connector to make it skinnier… 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,” Pogue writes. “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.”

Pogue writes, “The poorly designed MagSafe connector is infuriating. It’s the worst Apple design blunder since the hockey-puck mouse.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’re still using the nice, aluminum, barrel- and L-shaped original MagSafe with our 11-inch MacBook Airs and, right now, now we’re dreading anything with MagSafe 2 on it. What’s your everyday experience with MagSafe 2? Same as Pogue’s, diametrically opposed, or somewhere in-between?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jeff A.” for the heads up.]