The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an interesting continuation patent application from Apple yesterday. Apple’s patent says, “the connector 62 may be a power connector such as the MagSafe power connector manufactured by Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif. The MagSafe power connector utilizes a magnetic attraction to help retain a corresponding connector thereto.”

Plenty of speculation could be made about what MagSafe charging means for iOS devices…

The natural assumption is that Apple plans to abandon USB charging and syncing. Could Apple be working on implementing wifi-sync into the next major version of iTunes and iOS? I wouldn’t put it past them. If Apple implements wifi-sync, MagSafe would be the natural charging option for further unifying iOS into the entire Apple brand. Plus, MagSafe is just so much easier to use.

[Patently Apple]

  • Burge

    Might be harder to jailbreak aswell ! Is apple really going all out to stop this ?

  • William Douglas

    Certainly an interesting idea I know they’ve used Magnetic power cords on their laptops for a while now. Not sure how I feel about Wifi syncing, I know some of bigger apps take forever to install with USB.

    • I use Wi-Fi syncing now with the jailbreak app Synchronicity, and it’s pretty efficient. Of course it’s not as good as a direct connection, but if you have a Wireless-N network, it’s not too shabby. And this is all with a 3rd party app. I’m sure if Apple implemented this themselves it would be even more reliable and efficient.

      • William Douglas

        You might be right on that. At time it would be handy to be able to sync over Wifi, although then I’d need my only laptop running WinBlows running all the time.

  • Yboy403

    You wouldn’t need it running all the time any more than you do now. Just turn it on when you want to sync. Now, what would be cool is a way to sync with a NAS drive over wifi.
    P.S. How well’s synchronicity work? I’m curious.

  • Synchronicity works ok. It can be a little clunky at times. I really liked the prospect of using it when it came out but I realized that it was too slow to be functional in my everyday life. Hopefully, if Apple is in fact working on wifi-sync, they will get it right.