Small magnets placed inside the fuselage of Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and MacBook, have always been an indispensable part of Apple’s product design.
The iPad Pro works as a refrigerator sticker because Apple stuffed 102 magnets into it.
After the launch of the new iPad Pro in November 2018, first-time Internet users showed an alternative way to use it as a refrigerator sticker.
Obviously, like refrigerator stickers, the iPad itself is a big magnet.
Apple’s new iPad Pro is crammed with lots of small rare earth magnets, which are neatly distributed around the four speakers of the body, and some are placed on the left and right sides so that the external keyboard protector and Apple Pencil can stick together steadily with the iPad Pro.
Apple also mentioned this point in the official introduction video: “In order to keep the iPad and other accessories as close as possible, we used 102 magnets, everything can be aligned accurately and integrated. ”
From the experience of using the iPad Pro, these magnets are mainly used for four purposes: one is to attach the protective sleeve to the back of the fuselage, the other is to fix the Apple Pencil on the top, while retaining the original uncovering wake-up, and connecting the two features with the Smart Connector keyboard.
And now you should find that the advantage of countersunk magnets is that even if they provide a very limited adsorption strength, they can allow Apple to absorb the external parts and products together without relying on the structure such as buckles or piggybacks, and ensure that the product itself is sufficiently delicate and non-obtrusive.
Magnets have gradually become “regular customers” in Apple devices. Basically, as long as there is a need for adsorption and closure functions, you can see the shape of magnets. For example, Apple Watch’s magnetic charging line does not need to be precisely aligned, as long as the connector is close to the back of the watch, it can be automatically adsorbed in place.
Four magnets are also hidden in the top cover of the AirPods charging box.
As for the opening and closing state of the cover of the AirPods charging box, the modern wind buckle and Milanese strap design of Apple Watch, and many third-party accessories, we seem to have become accustomed to the magnetic connection characteristics.
It’s no exaggeration to say that as long as there are magnets, Apple can try not to destroy the appearance of the product as much as possible, but also give them the ability to expand the connection.
More importantly, for most users who are using Apple devices, they may not notice the presence of neo magnets when they connect products to accessories.
This implicit maintenance is clearly the greatest value of magnets for Apple devices and is also a valuable part of this raw material.