updated 02:05 pm EST, Wed December 22, 2010
Requires extra Apple accessory to work
HyperMac has begun selling a new series of external batteries compliant with a settlement with Apple. 60Wh, 100Wh, 150Wh and 222Wh models are available at costs ranging from $179 to $450. The accessories are primarily meant to power or recharge MacBooks, iPads and iPhones.
In keeping with the terms of the agreement, HyperMac is no longer providing adapters based on recycled MagSafe connectors. People must instead buy a special airline adapter from Apple, adding over $49 to the total cost. HyperMac explains that the measure is only temporary. The company also mentions that the batteries can only power a notebook, not recharge it completely.
The change is just an early one in the fallout with Apple. HyperMac is eventually expected to rename itself to HyperJuice. Why such a change would be needed is unclear, since some other third-party accessory vendors also use "Mac" in their names.