Apple's MagSafe magnetic connector system is one of those nifty little design touches that's cool but not necessarily earth-shaking. Or is it?
According to an Apple patent application discovered by Patently Apple, the company could have big plans to expand its use of magnets in its future products. The relatively complex patent was filed in July 2011 and describes the use of coded magnets that are able to transfer data between devices and lay a foundation for tons of potential uses.
So imagine that MagSafe connector not only holds itself in place thanks to its magnets, but the magnets also communicate information about what's being connected, meaning a single port could be used to connect multiple devices.
The patent application also describes possible uses for coded magnets involving new methods to securely pair accessories like a stylus to devices such as an iPad. On top of that, the stylus could have programmable magnets in its tip, opening up new possibilities for data transfer and user interfaces--just when we were finally getting the hang of multitouch gestures...… Read more