The most user-hostile act of the Tim Cook/Jony Ive era.
From The Verge, the day the first MacBooks without MagSafe power adaptors went on sale:
MagSafe was one of those tiny but brilliant innovations that made you question how no one else had thought of it yet. Rather than having a power cable get locked into a laptop — leading to the possibility of someone tripping over the cable and yanking the computer onto the floor — Apple’s MagSafe cables attached magnetically; strong enough to hold on, but weak enough that they’d rip off instead of taking a computer with them.
My take: The power cord on my new MarBook Air was a step backward, and it shows.
UPDATE: Happy ending. Being under warranty, my power cord was replaced—no question asked—at the nearest Apple Store. Servicing customers one at a time is a solution, I suppose, as long as it’s the plug that bends and not the port.