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October 18, 2010

HyperMac Will Stop Selling the Patented MagSafe MacBook Charging Cables

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

HyperMac will stop selling the patented MagSafe MacBook charging cables on Nov. 2, apparently in response to a lawsuit from Apple (News - Alert).

The notice came from a posting by HyperMac on its website.

It informed customers that, “As part of our ongoing comprehensive licensing negotiations with Apple regarding a wide array of technologies and issues, we have decided to cease the sale of the MacBook charging cables and car charger on Nov. 2, 2010.”

The company said it will continue to sell to customers the same batteries together with the rest of their product line after Nov. 2; but they will not be able to charge MacBooks without the cables.

“If you wish to get the world's only external battery and car charger solution that works with all MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (supports dual voltage) as well as the iPad, iPhone (News - Alert) 3/3GS/4, iPod and all other USB devices, now is the time,” the company declared, because on “Nov. 2, 2010 00:00 U.S. Pacific Time, they will be gone for good.”

The company reports it has very limited stock available, and urges customers to order early “to avoid disappointment. We will continue to sell until Nov. 2 and while stocks last.”

The company added that, “We wish to thank the many customers who have already gotten the HyperMac External MacBook Battery and those of you that gave us wonderful reviews.”

As first revealed by AppleInsider in September, Apple sued Sanho Corporation over alleged violation of patents it owns related to MagSafe cables, as well as cables that use the iPod 30-pin connection. The Sunnyvale, Calif., corporation has been accused of infringing on six MagSafe- and iPod-related patents, AppleInsider reported.

Ed Silverstein is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf