How is MagSafe 3 from MacBook Pro different from the previous two generations? The changes are drastic
This week, we've finally seen the much-anticipated 14 ″ and 16 ″ MacBook Pros, which entice apple pickers to first-class performance. Apple has brought a pair of new Apple Silicon chips, which take the aforementioned performance to a whole new level and make the new "Why" laptops really worthy of their name. In any case, this is not the only change. The Cupertian giant also bet on years of proven qualities, which it stripped us of, among other things, five years ago. In this regard, we are talking about the HDMI connector, SD card reader and the legendary MagSafe power port.
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The arrival of the new generation of MagSafe 3
Unfortunately, when Apple introduced the new generation MacBook Pro in 2016, it unfortunately disappointed a relatively large group of apple makers. At that time, it virtually completely eliminated all connectivity and replaced it with two / four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, which made it necessary to use various reducers and hubs. We lost the Thunderbolt 2, SD card reader, HDMI, USB-A and the iconic MagSafe 2. In any case, Apple finally heard the pleas of apple makers and equipped the new 14 ″ and 16 ″ MacBooks Pro with the old ports again. One of the best improvements ever is the arrival of the new generation MagSafe 3, a power connector that attaches to the device magnetically, and at the same time can be extremely easily disconnected. This, too, has its justification, which the apple-makers loved at the time. For example, if they stuck / tripped on a cable, it just "clicked out" and instead of pulling the whole device with it and damaging it by falling, practically nothing happened at all.
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The new generation of MagSafe is then slightly different in terms of design. Although the core is the same, it can be seen that this latest connector is slightly wider and thinner at the same time. The great news, however, is that he has improved on the resilience side. But it's not entirely MagSafe 3 as such, but a rational choice from Apple, which no one has ever dreamed of. The MagSafe 3 / USB-C cable is finally braided and should not suffer from traditional damage. It has happened to many apple makers that the cable has broken right next to the connector, which happened and happens not only with the Lightnings, but also with the earlier MagSafe 2 and others.
How is MagSafe 3 different from previous generations?
But the question also arises as to how the new MagSafe 3 connector actually differs from previous generations. As we mentioned above, the connectors are slightly different in size, but of course it doesn't end there. It is still worth noting that the latest MagSafe 3 port is not backward compatible. Therefore, the new MacBook Pro will not be able to be powered by older adapters. Another visible and at the same time quite practical change is the division into an adapter and a MagSafe 3 / USB-C cable. In the past, these products were connected, so if the cable was damaged, the adapter had to be replaced. Of course, this was a relatively expensive accident.
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Fortunately, in the case of this year's MacBook Pro, it is already divided into an adapter and a cable, thanks to which they can be purchased individually. In addition, MagSafe is not the only option for powering new apple laptops. At the same time, they offer two Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) connectors, which, as is already known, can be used not only for data transfer, but also for power supply, image transfer and the like. MagSafe 3 also moved with a high probability in terms of performance. This goes hand in hand with the new 140W USB-C adapters, which boast GaN technology. You can read what this specifically means and what the benefits are in this article.
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To make matters worse anyway, there is another major benefit in MagSafe 3. The technology can handle the so-called fast charging. Thanks to this, it is possible to charge the new "Pročka" from 0% to 50% in just 30 minutes, thanks to the use of the USB-C Power Delivery 3.1 standard. Thus, although the new Macs can also be powered via the aforementioned Thunderbolt 4 ports, fast charging is only accessible through MagSafe 3. This also has its limitations. The basic 14-MacBook Pro requires a more powerful 96W adapter. It is automatically bundled with M1 Pro chip models with a 10-core CPU, a 14-core GPU and a 16-core Neural Engine.