For an old MacBook Pro bought in 2012 as:

  • MBP 13.3/2.9/2X4GB/750/SD
  • Model No: A1278

The cable of the MagSafe since years ago changed the color to "yellow" and many parts of the cable itself become cracked, it about a 98%. The partial "solution" is put a masking tape (the one made with a special paper - not plastic - with color white/cream) for each cracked part. It works since 5/6/7 yrs ago and so far ...

It seems it happens normally according with:

I have other laptops and well it only happens for the MacBook Pro. Of course this cable/wire is thinner than others products (HP, ASUS, etc).


Here the voltage in my country is 220v


Because nothing is eternal, I want have as backup other MagSafe. I did do a research at:

That matches with:

60W MagSafe Power Adapter with "L" style connector

13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2010 through 2012

That matches with: Apple 60W MagSafe Power Adapter (for MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro)

And Yes, my current MagSafe has printed 60W MagSafe Power Adapter too


I mean, better material applied to manufacturing. I am assuming this situation about the yellow case was reported since 2012 to Apple and it was fixed.

Furthermore, it has a cost of US$75.00, not cheap, and would be very bad experience if this "yellow" situation remains until now. So has no sense be buying this MagSafe each N years.

  • The yellowing is due to light & heat exposure. No bright light, no yellowing. I have a 2012 MBP with a charger & cables that look brand new. It's never been in sunlight or bright daylight, ever.
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 7, 2023 at 13:34
  • Many types of plastic materials exposed to heat will discolor and crack over time. The alternative is that they melt instead.
    – benwiggy
    Aug 7, 2023 at 13:41
  • @Tetsujin The MagSafe has never exposed to the sunlight or bright daylight. It is located in my room. It only was - and so far - exposed to the common natural light is in my room. Aug 7, 2023 at 14:39
  • Any smokers in the house?
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 12, 2023 at 9:15
  • No at all ..... Aug 12, 2023 at 18:33


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