Apple brings MagSafe 3 to the new MacBook Pro

Apple ditched MagSafe five years ago when it moved to USB-C charging on its new laptops, but MagSafe 3 brings the familiar quick-release connector back to this latest lineup of MacBook Pro laptops.

Other than their M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the new 14-inch and 16-inch computers ditch the much-hated Touch Bar in favor of physical keys and bring back the additional ports (HDMI, SDXC) power users love. A less familiar addition is the new notch atop those Mini LED-packed 120Hz displays.

But for the clumsy people with cable-strewn desks, the return of MagSafe — what we’ve seen on iPhones just isn’t the same — might be the most important feature. According to Apple, the new MacBook Pros can still charge via USB-C also, but the updated MagSafe 3 plug delivers more power than before. Without providing detailed specs, Apple says that with fast charging, the MacBook Pro can charge up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.

Apple’s spec page reveals that both of the new MacBook Pros will still come with USB-C charging bricks. The 2-meter MagSafe 3 cable has a USB-C plug to plug into the charger.

If you order the new 14-inch MacBook Pro, then you can expect to receive a 67W USB-C power adapter if your laptop has an 8-core M1 Pro CPU inside, or a 96W USB-C adapter if you order one with either a 10-core M1 Pro or M1 Max CPU (it’s also available as an optional accessory for the cheaper model). Anyone purchasing a new 16-inch Macbook Pro will get a 140W USB-C charger plus the 2-meter USB-C to MagSafe 3 cable.