What's the difference between MagSafe and MagSafe 2?

  • Asked by Richard K from Absecon
  • Jun 12, 2012
Apple 45W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter for MacBook Air

Apple 45W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter for MacBook Air

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8 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    Worth knowing:

    Compared to the magnificently engineered MagSafe Side adapter, the MagSafe2 cable is stiffer, coils poorly and the connector protrudes about 3/4 inch from the body of the mac.

    In my humble opinion it is not as elegant an industrial design solution as it's predecessor.

    • Answered by Peter F from New York
    • Jul 28, 2012
  • MagSafe 2 is slightly smaller, leading to more room in the computer for components. If you have MagSafe (original) power cords and want to use those, they have an adapter in/on the Apple Store for about $10.

    • Answered by Joshua G from Davis
    • Jun 13, 2012
  • It's the size. It's made slightly thinner than the previous one to fit the thin design of macbook air and the new retina display macbook pro.

    • Answered by Ganjar P from Sidoarjo
    • Jun 13, 2012
  • The size of the connector. There is an adapter for magsafe to magsafe2 available in the store for $9.99.

    • Answered by Brian S from Saint Paul
    • Jun 20, 2012
  • The Magsafe power cable is designed for the older Macbook Pros and features a connector which designed to be attached on to the Macbook from the side. The Magsafe 2 is designed for the newer computers ie Macbook Airs and comes out straight and is attached straight.

    • Answered by Michelle L
    • Jan 3, 2013
  • Magsafe 2 is thinner.

    • Answered by Weiwen L from Middle Village
    • Jun 13, 2012
  • The plug for MagSafe 2 is a different shape than the plug for MagSafe (aluminum).

    • Answered by Tony T from Lakewood
    • Jun 13, 2012
  • The new one is for the new computers. It is slightly smaller.

    • Answered by Timothy M from Hillsboro
    • Jul 3, 2012