The MagSafe connector is one of those features that makes so much sense one wonders why it hasn't become a universal standard. The MagSafe plug prevents the dreaded laptop-hits-floor scenario when someone accidentally pulls on the power cord. According to a patent filed earlier this year by Apple, this unique charging connector may be headed for portable devices such as the iPad or iPhone soon.
The MagSafe works by using magnetic force, instead of friction, to connect the charging head to a machine's AC port. Due to its lighter size, a similar connector for the iPad or iPhone may require a weaker magnet. Moreover, it only makes sense that the same port for charging will be used for data sync as well.
Still, not all patents actually take on physical form, so take this with a pinch of salt for now.