Apple’s new 140W charging brick uses the USB-C Power Delivery 3.1 standard to charge the new 16-inch MacBook Pro with the new MagSafe charging cable, Apple confirmed. In addition to shipping with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, the charger can also be purchased separately for $99 (the USB-C-MagSafe cable is not included, which is an additional $49). Meanwhile, the new 14-inch MacBook Pro comes with 67W and 96W chargers, depending on the model.

  

Apple’s newly released 140W charger is compatible with the USB-C PD 3.1 specification for fast charging of various devices

Apple’s newly released 140W charger is compatible with the USB-C PD 3.1 specification for fast charging of various devices

Using the USB-C PD 3.1 standard means Apple’s new charger will be cross-compatible with other devices using the same power delivery standard, which was announced earlier this year alongside the USB Type-C Release 2.1 specification. It also means that MacBook owners have the flexibility to use compatible third-party chargers with their new MacBooks.

This has not been the case with some USB-C laptop fast chargers in the past, which had to take a non-standard approach to delivering charging speeds in excess of 100W (previously the upper limit of the USB-C Power Delivery spec). For example, the 130W Dell charging adapter, while powerful enough and with the same interface, won’t work with other laptops because there wasn’t an open standard to support it before.

In addition to using the USB-C PD 3.1 standard, Apple also confirmed that this charging head is its first Gallium Nitride (GaN) charger, which means it uses materials that allow for higher power chargers, but The size is smaller than the traditional similar products.

In addition to the charging specs, Apple also confirmed that any Thunderbolt 4 port on the new MacBook Pro can be used to charge the laptop. On the 14-inch MacBook Pro, these ports can be used for fast charging; however, fast charging the 16-inch MacBook Pro requires the use of MagSafe 3 and a 140W adapter, since Thunderbolt 4 predates the USB-C PD 3.1 standard and maxes out at 100W. Lower wattage chargers are also capable of supplying power to the MacBook, but if the laptop uses more power than is supplied, charging may be slower and may even cause the battery to be drained.

Apple also says the magnets used in the MagSafe 3 connector are stronger than the previous generation.

All in all, this is great news for anyone looking to buy Apple’s new MacBook Pro; they’ll get a powerful and versatile fast charger that can power other devices.

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