For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, we’re given the word “magnet.”
I had always heard that magnets can wipe our hard drives, wreak havoc on our computer monitors, or can distort the flow of electrons through cables. Thus, I was always diligent about keeping magnets nowhere near my computers or other electronic devices.
So it kind of floored me when I bought my new iPhone 12 Pro Max, and a recommended device for charging the phone was something called “MagSafe.”It’s essentially a large, round magnet that you place on the back of the iPhone in order to charge it.
Whoa! If I put a magnet on my iPhone, won’t it wipe out the iPhone’s memory, fry the iPhone’s components,or short circuit something? Well, apparently not.
It seems that concerns about the dangers of mixing magnets and computer components came from the days of floppy disk drives. Stick a cheap magnet to a floppy drive and whatever information was stored would be gone. But seriously, when was the last time you stored any data on a floppy disk?
That said, though, Apple has warned that charging through MagSafe could damage credit cards, security badges, passports, and key fobs if you leave them between the phone and the charger.
That’s good to know. I guess I’ll have to keep my credit cards away from my iPhone’s MagSafe charger. Surely there must be another way to keep my credit cards charged up.