Apple faces new lawsuit over MagSafe adapter

By Justin Mann on May 6, 2009, 7:17 PM
Whether it is defending itself or attacking others, Apple is probably used to spending a lot of time in the courts. Recently, they are coming under attack not for the first time due to their MagSafe power adapter. The idea behind it is certainly a sound one: greatly reducing the chance of a pricey MacBook being damaged by a stray foot. Unfortunately for Apple, the hardware involved has come under scrutiny once again for supposedly being negligently designed and manufactured, making it susceptible to fraying, sparking and premature failure.

The suit is primarily concerned over Apple's apparent inaction, claiming the company is aware of the issue but has done nothing to fix it. Because of this, the suit asks for one of two things: a redesign of the MagSafe, or a full refund on the purchase price of laptops involved. You'd think that lawsuits, coupled with poor user ratings, would convince Apple to at least consider a redesign.

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tengeta said:
They advertise their hardware as reliable and top of the line. If it isn't, that needs to be fixed.As for my MagSafe adapter... I'm still on the first, but after reading reviews online I am prepared to get another one soon just incase.
Julio said:
In terms of industrial design Apple certainly deserves a spot in that first tier of manufactures that excel in this area.The magsafe connector while very convenient, is also very prone to failure and like the link on the story shows (from the Apple store itself), reviews for the adapter are lackluster because of the short life span of this glorified power adapter that more often than not breaks after 1-2 years of use.
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