Please Apple, make these rumors be true.
From Mark Gurman’s “Apple Plans Upgraded MacBook Pros With Return of Magnetic Charging” posted early Friday:
Apple Inc. is planning upgraded MacBook Pro laptops this year with much faster processors, updated displays and the return of its magnetic charger, according to a person with knowledge of the plans…
A major change to the new computers will be how they charge. Over the past five years, Apple has relied on USB-C ports for both power and data transfer on its laptops, making them compatible with other manufacturers’ chargers. But the company is now bringing back MagSafe, the magnetic power adapter that means any accidental yanking of the power cable would simply detach it from the laptop rather than pull down the entire computer. It was a favorite feature of the company’s portable PC lineup that was first introduced in 2006 and most recently revived for its latest lineup of iPhones…
In developing its next set of Mac laptops, Apple has also tested versions that remove the Touch Bar from its laptop keyboards. The Touch Bar, introduced as part of the last MacBook Pro redesign in 2016, turns the keyboard’s top row from function keys into a touchscreen strip that can display a variety of information and a changing set of controls to adapt to apps and tasks. Some professional users have said they found that control scheme less convenient than physical keys.
My take: MagSafe was a brilliantly executed solution to real problem. Touch Bar was flashy solution to a problem that didn’t exist — and the source of much user dissatisfaction.
i accidentally triggered siri bc the touch bar on the macbook pro continues to ruin my life and then this happened pic.twitter.com/uUGf7kCQ9m
— Brenda Stolyar (@BStoly) September 15, 2020
See also: Why oh why did Apple kill MagSafe?
UPDATE: I should mention that Ming-Chi Kuo had these tidbits a few hours before Gurman. See 9to5Mac Thursday evening.