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16-Inch MacBook Pro May Ship With 96W USB-C Power Adapter

Apple may be readying a 96W USB-C power adapter for the widely rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro, according to information received by Chongdiantou, the Chinese-language sibling website of ChargerLAB.

Chongdiantou received a blurry photo of the alleged power adapter's label from an unidentified source via Chinese messaging app WeChat. The source claimed the 96W power adapter has a model identifier of A2166 and will be similarly sized as Apple's existing 87W USB-C power adapter for the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Image: Chongdiantou, enhanced for improved legibility

While the blurry photo is rather sketchy, Apple previously confirmed that its upcoming Pro Display XDR will be capable of up to 96W pass-through charging, which is more power than necessary for any portable device that Apple currently ships. Thus, perhaps the higher-power charger is for the 16-inch MacBook Pro.


Chongdiantou has an established track record in this area, having shared accurate photos of Apple's existing 18W USB-C power adapter in July 2018, nearly four months before it was included with 2018 iPad Pro models.

Apple plans to release a 16-inch MacBook Pro with an all-new design later this year, according to reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The notebook will feature a scissor keyboard, he said, after years of butterfly keyboard issues on MacBooks that prompted Apple to launch a worldwide repair program.

(Thanks, Duorou W.!)

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6 weeks ago


Thinner bezels, scissor keyboard....but what new design? They’ve looked the same for several years now. What can they do? Make it a triangle?




"unleash the power of the pyramid"

Rating: 21 Votes
6 weeks ago
You know it's going to be expensive. Like, Mac Pro expensive.
Rating: 17 Votes
6 weeks ago
My body is ready... My wallet is not.
Rating: 11 Votes
6 weeks ago


You know it's going to be expensive. Like, Mac Pro expensive.

I think you mean Apple Pro Display Stand expensive. ?
Rating: 8 Votes
6 weeks ago


Thinner bezels, scissor keyboard....but what new design? They’ve looked the same for several years now. What can they do? Make it a triangle?

I just want a physical escape key.
Rating: 7 Votes
6 weeks ago


You know it's going to be expensive. Like, Mac Pro expensive.


If the rumors are true they are replacing the 15" model with this (15 going away). They can't leave a massive gap from the 13" (soon to be 14"?) to the 16" so it may even start at the same price as the current 15". Worst case, base price starts $500-800 higher but not $6k.
Rating: 6 Votes
6 weeks ago
What about the "New" LG UltraFine 5k that delivers 94W Host charging?
No one noticed that on July? :)
Rating: 4 Votes
6 weeks ago


Starting price $3999


I doubt the starting price is a penny over $2999. Maybe even less.
Rating: 4 Votes
5 weeks ago


There simply might not be enough bandwidth left after accounting for the 6K video stream to justify anything faster than USB-C. TB3 has a number of extra capabilities over USB-C, among them are more bandwidth and daisy-chaining. The former might be moot after subtracting the 6k video stream and the latter is at least partly compensated by there being three USB-C ports.

USB-C is a port. Thunderbolt is a protocol.

Yes, marketing material gets this wrong too, but whatever. The USB Type-C port is the third type of USB port after USB Type-A and USB Type-B (in its various forms). USB Type-C is the first type to support more than just the USB protocol (versions including 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 4), including DisplayPort, HDMI, MHL, VirtualLink, and also Thunderbolt (although USB Type-C is guaranteed to support the USB protocol, the other protocols are optional. Power-only USB Type-C cables are defined in the standard, but I've never actually seen one, and I doubt anyone would bother manufacturing one).

Sorry, this is a pet peeve of mine. Understand that USB Type-C has no speed. It is not a protocol.
Rating: 4 Votes
6 weeks ago


.....

Ha, I'm thinking they'll offer a $500 protective case. Made of titanium. ?



Nah, just declare you Apple Card stolen a bunch of time, then use duct tape and voilà!


“You can now use your MacBook Pro to pay for things in stores!”
-Phil Schiller, 2019



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