The 12-inch Retina MacBook introduced a lot of things, including a USB-C charging port, but it also ditched the MagSafe design for that essential port, too.
For many MacBook owners, the MagSafe charging cable means not having to worry about stepping on the cable, or otherwise pulling it out of the computer itself while it’s charging, because it will simply fall away without dragging the computer with it. With the new 12-inch MacBook, however, that fear might not be as easily quenched, as it doesn’t feature a MagSafe design.
That changes for any 12-inch MacBook owner if they pick up Griffin’s newly-introduced BreakSafe magnetic USB-C power cable, which adds a little MagSafe design to the USB-C cable.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, this year, Griffin officially introduced the new BreakSafe to the world. There’s a small plug that gets inserted into the computer itself, and that connects to the rest of the USB-C cable with a magnet. So, if you do pull out the cable while the MacBook is charging, it’s likely to simply yank out, but leave the computer on the desk.
Griffin says the new BreakSafe will be available sometime in April of this year, and it will retail for $39.99.
The company had another announcement at CES 2016, too. This one’s meant for the Apple Watch, and especially those who might feel like they use their wearable so often that a top-up on the battery might be something they’d need. It’s called the “Travel Power Bank,” and yes, it’s an external battery pack for Apple’s most personal device to date. It’s a functioning white block, which is just big enough to rest the Apple Watch on top of to get that extra bit of battery life when it’s necessary.
It has an 800mAh battery, and Griffin says you can charge the Apple Watch up to four times when it’s full. It can also be used as a travel charger, too.
Griffin will launch the Travel Power Bank in the second quarter of 2016 sometime, and it will retail for $69.99.[via The Verge; (Travel Power Bank)]