Loved this take on yesterday’s announcement from Jason Snell:
If Mac laptops come in eras, one just ended.
It started in 2016 with the release of MacBook Pro models
featuring butterfly keyboards, the Touch Bar, and a minimal
selection of USB-C ports. It ended on Monday with the announcement
of new MacBook Pro models that roll back most of the major changes
introduced in 2016, putting the MacBook Pro in a new state of
grace that recalls the middle of the last decade.
Also, this tidbit on maximum charging speeds:
(Here’s a quirk of the new MacBook Pros. On the 14-inch models,
the larger 96W USB-C power adapter is required for fast charging.
You can fast charge either via MagSafe or via a standard USB-C
cable attached to that adapter. However, on the 16-inch models — all of which come with a 140W adapter — you can only do
ultra-fast charging via MagSafe. While there’s a new specification
that allows for much higher power delivery levels over USB ports,
the Thunderbolt 4/USB 3 ports on the MacBook Pro don’t support it.
You can still charge via those ports, of course — just not at the
★ Tuesday, 19 October 2021