The new 16-inch MacBook Pro won't support fast charging without MagSafe
Earlier this week, Apple announced its eagerly anticipated new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros.
And now, we are learning more about them. For instance, yesterday we learned that the base 14-inch MacBook Pro's 67W power adapter is not enough to fast charge it.
And today, we have more information about fast charging on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. According to reports, fast charging on the 16-inch MacBook Pro is only available when you charge it with the new MagSafe 3 port.
The problem is two-fold. The first is that there isn't a USB-C to USB-C cable that supports the new USB PD 3.1 EPR standard required for fast charging. The standard is simply too new.
According to USB-C engineer Benson Leung, Apple got around this problem by using a proprietary cable.
But even if Apple could run well make a suitable USB-C to USB-C cable, Jason Snell of Six Colors said that the second issue is that the USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports on the 16-inch MacBook Pro don't support the new EPR charging standard either.
Though fast-charging via USB-C would be nice to have, I think the bigger issue at hand is that the new 140W charger remains very bulky, even if it employs GaN technology. Its chunkiness somewhat takes the sheen off of all of the good work that Apple has done to make the notebook powerful yet portable.