11 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2012 1:01 AM by seventy one
Hejje Level 1 Level 1

Yeah, just like the title says.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • fyrestarter00 Level 1 Level 1

    Well obviously, you cannot have high powered magnets near them high powered magnets can severely damage the internal components such as the HDD.....are we talking fridge magnets or electromagnets?


    As far as the keyboard and trackpad I'm not really sure but I just have nothing magnetic even close to any of my computers

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10

    That used to be a serious issue with old machines, particularly with floppy disks. The magnetic field from something as simple as a rotary-dial phone could mung data on floppies.


    It still can be an issue; depends on magnet strength, location, etc.


    Good practice - keep magnets away from all electronics and magnetic storage media (magnetic storage media includes hard drives, thumb drives, zip disks, etc.).

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7

    What kind up magnets?


    Small satellite speakers would not hurt anything, however if you had a sub atomic particle accelerator or a warp core next to your iMac it would surely erase the Hard Drive.



  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6
    Mac OS X

    Depends. Maybe little ones and not anywhere near the drive. The glass screen is held on by small magnets at the edges. The built-in speakers at the bottom grille have magnets.

  • Hejje Level 1 Level 1

    I was thinking using one ore two magnets to hold together (not just magnets, wooden sticks too) the wireless keyboard and the magic trackpad . Not sure how strong it should be though.

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6

    How about a bit of Blutac or double-sided tape? That said, I just push my keyboard and trackpad together and they seem to be glued together even though they're not.

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10

    If they don't want to stay snug together, you could use a bit of rubber cement - wouldn't take much. One nice thing about rubber cement is that it's easily removed, particularly from metal surfaces.

  • TeejLovesMusic Level 1 Level 1

    I've just left a lowpowered magnet on my macbook pro 2010/11 trackpad. the trackpad was damaged and not working smoothly at all. but as i paniced and swipped away at the trackpad, i googled what to do, came across this post and decided to share my story haha. the track pad was working by the time i read the first reply .


    to conclude, be very warey of magnets or any object that may contain a magnet, that you put on your laptop. it could end up in you saying "Shxt! shxt! shxt! shxt! shxt!" not a good feeling, trust me!



  • RRFS Level 5 Level 5

    Apple puts magnets in many places on their machines. The glass front is held in with magnets, iPad covers use a magnet to power doen, Mag Safe power cords have magnets in them, the little remote for iMacs used to have a magnet so you could stick it to the side of the machine. Speakers (internal) have magnets in them. Using magnets to secure your keyboard and touchpad together is a novel idea. Radio Shack sells some small iridium magnets that with a little superglue should do the job nicely.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7

    Apple knows where to place magnets where they will do little damage, we always don't know so we shouldn't ahve them anywhere near the machine regardless.

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6

    I believe there are magnets holding the screen on certain models so it would seem to be okay.   Having said that I suppose the strength of the magnet is what matters ... which is a different story as there is no measuring facility for that in the average home.