Stupid Mac Tricks: Make iPod Earbuds Stick to a MacBook Pro

Mar 25, 2011 - 9 Comments


Here’s a stupid Mac trick: grab your iPhone/iPod earbuds and place them about an inch inward on the corners of a MacBook Pro… they’ll stick. Much like the iPad 2 and it’s Smart Cover, the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook all have magnets in the upper lid to keep it shut.

I just tested this out with a metal pen and a small screwdriver and the magnets held them too. Useful? Not really, but it’s fun. This also makes a decent prank to play on someone if you let your imagination run wild, although it’s not as heart-stopping as a fake kernel panic.

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  1. Naren Bharatwaj says:

    Out of curiosity, won’t this weaken the headphones?

    • icebreaker says:

      It might even break them because it pulls the magnetic spool towards it. So don’t try this with your earphones.

  2. MetallicAsh says:

    I ended up sticking keys, scissors and many other things. I honestly waisted about an hour of college playing with the magnets ><

  3. Reb says:

    No worries for such short time while you try it.

    Btw it’s a nice idea :)

  4. Ian says:

    Wow the magnets are stronger than I’d expect. Very useless but fun.

  5. Joseph says:

    Well I got my Ipod touch to stick, the bodyguards skin gives it extra grip though. Sticking Ipod classic to the other side… I wonder if you put magnets on the bottom it would sleep? My day wasted.

  6. Andras Hatvani says:

    My 3.5 year old iMac does this trick, too! 😀

  7. Eduardo says:

    Don’t forget to take them off before closing the lid.

  8. Bitch says:

    I love this, what a waste of time ugh

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