How to Charge a MacBook Pro Using the MagSafe 3 Port
Whether you’re in the market for a new laptop or just need to upgrade, the MacBook Pro 14 is a great option for a number of reasons. It features the best camera and audio in its class, along with all the ports you’ll need.
MagSafe 3 port
Whether you’re a first-time MacBook Pro buyer or just a longtime fan, you may be wondering how to charge your new laptop using the MagSafe 3 port. While Apple is releasing this new port, it’s important to note that it’s not backward compatible with older models.
MagSafe, a proprietary magnetically-attached power connector, was introduced by Apple in 2006. It was a one-piece cable that was permanently connected to a wall transformer. It made a snapping sound when it was magnetized. It also provided a quick release of the cable if you accidentally tripped over it. But it was expensive to replace and prone to fraying.
Apple introduced a new MagSafe 3 port last fall for M1 Pro MacBooks. MagSafe 3 has the same functionality as the original MagSafe, but it also offers more power than the old version.
SDXC card slot
Earlier this month, Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple analyst, reportedly predicted that the next-generation MacBook Pro would have an SD card slot. The card slot is rumored to support the UHS-II standard, which allows for data transfer rates of up to 312MB/s.
While UHS-II cards have higher capacities than UHS-I cards, they aren’t nearly as fast. Some users report slow transfer speeds, while others have had no problems. The SD card slot on the MacBook Pro is located in the storage area, so it should be compatible with any capacity.
Some users report that the USB Type C dongle works well with the SD card, while others claim that the port is slow. However, it appears that the issue isn’t consistent with the brand or model, which may indicate a hardware problem.
USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Apple’s MacBook Pro 14 now comes with USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports. These ports use the USB-C connector standard and are supposed to be backward compatible with USB 3.2 and USB 3. x. They’re capable of speeds up to 40Gb/s. They support video signals, power signals, and data signals.
The 24-inch iMac comes with two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, while the MacBook Air comes with two Thunderbolt ports. The M1-equipped MacBook Pro models also come with three ports.
Some of the new models are equipped with the M1 Pro chip, which supports up to four external displays at 6K resolutions. In addition, some models include two USB-C ports.
While Apple’s claim is impressive, the real-world read/write speeds aren’t as fast. Using a certified Thunderbolt cable to test the connection speeds, author Steve Oakley reported an average transfer rate of 3.2 Mbps. That’s a bit short of the claimed speeds, but it’s probably due to the fact that the author used devices that didn’t support dual-lane USB 3.2.
Thinner front bezels
Among the new MacBook Pro laptops is a device with thinner front bezels. Apple reportedly made the changes to the design to make better work tools. Some users have expressed disappointment at the change, while others have claimed it is a smart move.
Apple is also said to be researching technologies to eliminate bezels. A new patent for the MacBook Pro showed a redesigned design with thin bezels. A notch on the top of the display is also present. This notch is where the macOS menu bar normally sits. It also allows for more screen real estate. Apple officials have said that the design is a smart choice because it provides more space for content.
A new patent has also been released for the iPad Pro. It reveals a hybrid architecture that enables a zero-border display. The device is also expected to have a Face ID camera. This super secure facial recognition technology requires several sensors to work. The camera housing is likely to be hidden behind the screen bezel.
Longer battery life per charge
Depending on the model, you should expect to get 10 to 17 hours of battery life on a MacBook. There are some things you can do to extend that number.
For example, if you’re running Chrome, Firefox or Safari, you might want to consider limiting the number of tabs you open. This will decrease your resource usage. You can also configure the display to turn off after it’s been inactive for a certain amount of time. This will also increase your battery life.
If you have a MacBook Pro, you can get a better estimate of your battery life by launching the System Information app. This app is accessed by the Option key on the keyboard. You can also check the battery’s health by clicking on the battery icon on the menu bar.