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Limited Fast Charge In 16-inch MacBook Pro, Supports Only MagSafe

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Apple brings fast charging to it’s 2021 Pro models laptop

With the launch of the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models at Apples October Event held yesterday at Apple Park, Apple for the first time brings a fast charge capability to the Mac. As it is on mobile too, this new mac capability allows users to charge the laptop battery up to 50% within 30 minutes.

This new feature is available on both 2021 model But there’s a slight difference in functionality which Apple didn’t really mention. While both models can be charged over Apple’s Thunderbolt or MagSafe, only the 14-inch MacBook Pro can be fast charged over the USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports as well as ‌MagSafe‌.

Furthermore, contrasting both models this means that the 16-inch MacBook Pro is limited to fast charging via the ‌MagSafe‌ port.

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However we are not certain as to why Apple choose to limit the 16-inch MacBook pro but our guess is perhaps due to the fact that the Thunderbolt 4 ports on the 16-inche pro model are capable of charging at a maximum of 100W, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro uses a 140W power adapter hence it’s cannot spots both fast charging function.

Meanwhile, the 14-inch model uses a 67W power adapter for the 8-core machine and a 96W power adapter for the 10-core machine, so it doesn’t reach the maximum TB4 power delivery.

This limitation brought on the 16-inch MacBook Pro will not prove to be a big deal for most intend users, given that the ‌MagSafe‌ 3 port is made specifically for charging and won’t be occupied for any other reason.

In conclusion, this slight difference between the two seems worth pointing out given the various cable/ports setups intend owners could be visualizing for their workflow.

Dino is a Tech Consultant. Entrepreneur, Website/Blog Developer, Graphic Designer, Blogger and Digital Marketer, he has long been freelancing for more than 4 years before starting up SmartcoreTech, during this time was writing for websites like Opera News Hub, Paulworkspace, etc. He is currently reporting on tech related contents on company's such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Facebook, Twitter etc. He also writes on Phone Reviews and Movies. When he is not writing he is working as an IT Personnel for a company in his Local. Feel free to contact him via any of the available channels present

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