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Apple unveils Airline Power Adapter for MacBooks

Alongside the introduction of Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro notebooks on Tuesday, Apple Computer quietly unveiled a new power cord accessory that makes it more convenient for air travelers to keep their Apple notebooks powered-on during flights.

The $59 Apple MagSafe Airline Power Adapter plugs it into an airline seat power port, allowing a MacBook or MacBook Pro to maintain power for the full duration of a flight.

"Now you'll never lose your work or interrupt a DVD movie because your battery runs out at 35,000 feet," Apple said. "The MagSafe Airline Power Adapter will keep your MacBook or MacBook Pro juiced throughout your flight."

The "sleek and light" connector works with in-seat DC power ports available on many commercial airliners —both EmPower ports and 20mm ports with the included adapter. Apple recommends that users check with their airline regarding availability of in-seat power ports ahead of flight.

Like the standard MagSafe power adapter shipping with each new MacBook and MacBook Pro, the magnetic DC plug on the airline adapter both ensures a tight connection and enables a clean break from the power port if there is undue tension —preventing a MacBook from being pulled off of an airline tray table if someone accidentally yanks the cord.

Although the MagSafe Airline Power Adapter provides power to a MacBook, it does not charge the battery, Apple said. Despite some connector resemblance, its also not compatible with automobile power ports.

Apple's MagSafe Airline Power Adapter

Each MagSafe Airline Power Adapter ships with an EmPower connector, 20mm adapter and user guide.

Also Tuesday, Apple introduced its new MacBook Pro notebook lineup, which features Intel Corp.'s Core 2 Duo (Merom) processors.