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It’s too early to tell whether or not Apple’s latest one-port Mac notebook spells doom for MagSafe, Apple’s proprietary magnetically attached power connectors. Be that as it may, a duo of entrepreneurial engineers is taking a page from Apple’s book to implement magnets on the types of connectors we use the most.

Magzet, a new Kickstarter project by Jon Hallsten and Jeff Russell, is aiming to do for standard 3.5mm audio jacks what MagSafe has done for Apple notebooks.

A two-part kit features a jack on one side which goes into the headphone port of your iPhone, iPad or any other device outfitted with a standard 3.5mm audio jack. The other side hosts a magnetic adapter into which users plug in their headphones.

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Because the accessory makes smart use of the magnets, the two pieces snap into place with automatic alignment. And if someone trips over the cord, the two sides break away easily so your headphones will stay on your head, similar to Apple’s MagSafe power cord.

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The Magzet is cleverly designed so it will prevent routing sound to the speaker unless both pieces are together. The project has raised about $10,000 so far, a far cry from the self-imposed goal of raising a whopping $294,000.

Although the Magzet’s functionality is similar to the Replug, which debuted some years ago and can be still found on Amazon, that accessory is mechanical, non-magnetic and doesn’t solve the situation where audio is re-routed automatically to headset mode.

“We solved that with a patent pending solution when just our MAGjack is left in,” Magzet project lead Jon Hallsten said. “Nothing is detected on a phone until the MAGkap is mated to the MAGjack.”

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Early bird backers can get one 3.5mm jack and one Magzet adapter starting at twenty bucks plus shipping. Higher-tiered variants are available as well, including a $99 deal which nets you three adapters, five jacks and two limited-edition T-shirts.

The accessory should ship before the end of 2015.

While a MagSafe-style audio connection sounds like a terrific idea, it could be a risky move given Apple’s numerous patents on MagSafe and its history of suing vendors over making their gear MagSafe-compatible.

Source: Kickstarter

  • Jonathan

    Head phones have saved my phone more times that it’s caused it to fall

  • pauleebe

    Why bother? Everything is going bluetooth

    • The Fluffy Alpaca

      You have a point, but the battery in Bluetooth earphones/earbuds are not good enough yet. At least for me 😉

      • Hussain Alsanona

        I think there are many Bluetooth headphones out there last for 6+ hours, and I don’t think someone would listen for more than 6 hours. I know it’s annoying when you need to listen, but the headphone’s battery dead.

      • The Fluffy Alpaca

        Yeah, I know, but I don’t want to bother with charging when wires are no big hassle for me. I’ll go wireless when the batteries are good enough to last at least a few days. I guess it will take a while until someone are able to do that tho…

      • Tamahome5555

        Don’t forget that Bluetooth quality isn’t really good. More distortion in audio and not high quality 24Bit music compared to like. Say external amp/dac

      • Hey you just sold me on never owning Bluetooth headphones with that statement! Thanks for opening my eyes to something I never thought of.

        All my music is lossless nowadays and I try to upgrade as much of that I can to 24 bit. I just wish someone would offer a lossless streaming service. I guess that won’t come until 5G though…

      • 9to5Slavery

        They do. It’s called “tidal” and lossless streaming is offered with video. On T-mobile which I have, offers that streaming capability for free.

      • Really? I never knew this existed. I am still on the AT&T Unlimited plan so I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the heads up!

      • 9to5Slavery

        7 day trial. Used to have 6 months last year and 3 months as well. But 19.99 per month. Try it. it is a difference. But it doesn’t do pandora tailoring as good. Not a lot of choices. But would love higher quality of the songs even if it is not lossless.

      • Andrew

        I bought a pair of MEElectronics Air-Fi Matrix 2 Bluetooth headphones and they lasted me WEEKS, which included a 10 hour road trip. Great sound quality, too.

    • vivalaivsca

      I get where your coming from. And maybe you are right as far as aux audio connection. But imagine if there is a MAGjack and MAGcap for all connections types. This could potentially be a create business. Not everything is going bluetooth. Data connections such as USB, Thunderbolt, HDMI, and DisplayPort could all benefit from this. As far as audio, yes I am sure the day will come when bluetooth can produce high quality audio. But anything other connection that requires a cable should use this. I would just get rid of the MAGjack all together and focus on getting manufactures to build it right in to their laptops,phones and tablets.

  • ltcommander_data

    Since MagSafe itself may be on its way out in future Apple laptops, someone needs to do this for USB-C connectors.

    • 9to5Slavery

      I was wondering about that

  • This is great.

  • Falcon Insight

    Hope Apple take interest in it.

  • The Fluffy Alpaca

    Now I can’t feel safe when I listen to music in the wild. Someone can steal my phone easily. I guess they already can, but… never mind.

  • Iliyan

    I like the idea but not the implementation. That MAGjack sticks out too much. Plus, the video wants to make you believe they’re solving the biggest of your #FirstWorldProblems. Sounds a bit lame honestly.

    MagSafe for USB would be totally awesome though! And universal.

  • Andrew

    This would be helpful, as I always got my earbuds stuck on everything; kitchen drawers, doorknobs, the works. I’d back it if I could!

  • Matt

    It’s cool… I guess…

  • Adam Lumley

    Just get Wireless Headphones