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Initial Thoughts Regarding USB Power Delivery Charging On the MacBook Pro (Late 2016)

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The MacBook Pro (Late 2016) is a major revamp of Apple MacBook Pro's lineup and continues Apple's adoption of USB Power Delivery technology which Apple started with the MacBook (Early 2015) and Apple MacBook (Early 2016).  Whereas these MacBooks both used the Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter based on USB Power Delivery, the 13" version of the MacBook Pro (Late 2016) uses the Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter while the 15" version uses the Apple 87W USB-C Power Adapter.

With Apple's choice of using a standard technology like USB Power Delivery, this means the demise of Apple's proprietary MagSafe technology on Apple notebooks.  This technology was easy to use and avoided situations where someone tripping over the power cord could pull the Mac off the table, causing an unpleasant accident.  Although the MagSafe technology wasn't perfect particularly with frequent wear and tear issues, some Apple users may miss this technology while others may rejoice that now they should be free to purchase third party USB Power Delivery adapters (which wasn't the case with expensive MagSafe power adapters only sold by Apple).  

However, unlike the rest of the industry that tends to use more standard 45 watts and 60 watts chargers, the Apple MacBook (Early 2016) uses more unusual 61 watts and 87 watts configurations.  The goods news is that Apple has declared that the Apple MacBook (Early 2016) can be charged with the LG UltraFine 4K Display over 60 watts which indicates that third party USB Power Delivery is supported.  Apple's strategy for keeping these 61 watts and 87 watts configurations is to try and keep users preferring to buy Apple's own 61W USB-C Power Adapter and 87W USB-C Power Adapter for the best charging experience but still allow some degree of interoperability with third party chargers.

As we get our hands on the Apple MacBook (Early 2016), we will take a look at what third party USB Power Delivery chargers are supported.


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