Apple’s new 140W charging brick, which works with a new MagSafe charging cable to power the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, uses the USB-C Power Delivery 3.1 standard, Apple confirmed. The edge. In addition to being included with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, the Brick is available separately for $ 99 (not including the USB-C-to-MagSafe cable, which costs an additional $ 49). Meanwhile, the new 14-inch MacBook Pros come with 67W and 96W chargers, depending on the exact model.
Using the USB-C PD 3.1 standard means that Apple’s new charging brick will be compatible with other devices using the same power delivery standard, announced earlier this year alongside the USB Type- specification. C version 2.1. It also means that MacBook owners have the option of using third-party charging bricks that are compatible with the newer MacBooks.
This hasn’t been the case with some USB-C laptop fast chargers in the past, which had to go out of spec to deliver charging speeds above 100W (the previous cap of the USB-C Power specification Delivery). My colleague Sean Hollister, for example, has a Dell docking station that outputs 130W, but it won’t work with other laptops because there was previously no open standard to support it.
In addition to its use of the USB-C PD 3.1 standard, Apple has also confirmed that Brick is its first gallium nitride (GaN) charger, which means it uses the material that allows companies to build chargers. more powerful and smaller in size. than their traditional counterparts.
In addition to the specifications for the charging brick, Apple has also confirmed that one of the Thunderbolt 4 ports on the new MacBooks can be used to charge laptops. On the 14-inch MacBook Pro, these ports can be used for fast charging; but fast charging of the 16in MacBook Pro requires the use of MagSafe 3 and the 140W adapter, as the Thunderbolt 4 predates USB-C PD 3.1 and reaches 100W. Low power chargers will be able to supply power. MacBooks, but Apple says charging may be slower or could even lead to a loss of power if the laptop uses more power than it is supplied.
In addition, Apple claims that the magnets used in the MagSafe 3 connector are more powerful than the previous generation.
Overall, this is great news for anyone considering buying one of Apple’s new MacBooks; they’ll get a fast charger that can power other devices, and they won’t just use Apple’s own brick to charge their laptops, either.