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Negotiations turn HyperMac into HyperJuice

updated 10:55 am EDT, Mon November 1, 2010

No word on future of magnetic connectors

Sanho, HyperMac's parent company, has agreed to change its sub-brand's name in the wake of an Apple lawsuit which forced it to stop selling products with MagSafe adapters. Also targeted have been batteries which come with 30-pin dock connectors meant for iOS handhelds. "In the coming weeks, the 'HyperMac' brand name will be renamed to 'HyperJuice' as part of our ongoing comprehensive licensing negotiations with Apple regarding a wide array of technologies and issues," says Sanho president Daniel Chin in a press release.

The statement suggests that yet more changes may be coming to HyperMac's operations. The company uses recycled Apple MagSafe adapters for its MacBook batteries, which will no longer be available in the original bundling as of midnight Pacific time on November 2nd. "While we will continue to sell the same batteries together with the rest of our product line after November 2nd, they will not be able to charge MacBooks without the cables," according to Sanho.

Why Apple would pressure Sanho into renaming HyperMac to HyperJuice is uncertain, but the company has adopted a generally aggressive stance towards businesses making reference to its product names. Frequently, this involves firms producing iPod software and accessories. Apple is even going after the creator of the Video Pod, despite the fact that the device is a video projector whose origins predate the iPod.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wish *Apple* would quit selling devices with Magsafe connectors.

    I'm sick of mine pulling out when I'm in bed or on the couch, or anywhere else I might unexpectedly move my laptop.

    Yes, I can (and do) run a program to warn me when it happens, but I shouldn't have to do that. I've never had this problem before (and I've never had a problem with my power cord pulling my laptop off the table, either... and my Ethernet cable is still just as solidly locked in so I'm still exposed to this hypothetical problem).

  1. bdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the rest of us like Magsafe

    as a service tech, I can say that Magsafe saves people money. So far I've never had to replace a broken magsafe port on the computer. With earlier Mac portables, and with the "PC" laptops this is a frequent repair.

    (I have run into people with ethernet ports where some of the plastic has broken off, so the ethernet end won't lock in any more, after someone tripped over a cable, fortunately most people just use wireless for their portables, so this is very uncommon)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I just wish

    Apple would license the damn thing instead of treating it as some special adapter that only they can sell.

    I guess their calls for 'open standards' only apply when someone else's closed standards have the leg up.

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