One more thing about USB C and the new MacBook Pro (and its charger)

There have been a few debates about the new MacBook Pro and its new charger. Unlike the previous models the new charger doesn’t have the little wings on one side to coil up the thin charging cable that connects to the MacBook.

But, at the same time, the new brick disconnects completely from that cable. This way you don’t have to coil it around the charger anymore. You just unplug both ends of the cable and coil it up 1Over/Under please like any other cable. This reduces the stress on the cable that many have seen when wrapping it around the old-style power brick.

The detachable cable means it can also be replaced separately from the power brick. This of course also gave Apple the opportunity to make that whole thing even more expensive. Aside from the now missing AC extension cable that used to come with the MacBook 2Let’s tack on another $19 to that $3000 MacBook, you now have to buy two separate parts if you want another whole power source; for example one for work and another one for home.

Before the recent update you only had to get the $79 power brick 3In case of the 15″ MacBook Pro. Now it’s a different $79 brick plus a $19 USB-C Charge Cable (and another $19 if you want that extension cable).

In other words, it’s now like this:

Yes, it got more convenient 4Some think it’s actually less convenient because they now can lose or forget another piece with the detachable cable, but it also got – once again – more expensive.

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1. Over/Under please
2. Let’s tack on another $19 to that $3000 MacBook
3. In case of the 15″ MacBook Pro
4. Some think it’s actually less convenient because they now can lose or forget another piece