One of the features of Apple’s new MacBook Pros is that they will support fast charging which can take the 14-inch MacBook Pro from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes, or so Apple claims. It sounds good right, but here’s something that the company had left out: fast charging only works if you use the 96W adapter.
So what does this mean for customers? Basically the 14-inch MacBook Pro is offered in several configuration options and this “problem” is only for those who select the $1,999 base model. As you can see on Apple’s website, the 14-inch base MacBook Pro only comes with a 67W adapter which means it won’t support fast charging.
However, if you select the option with the M1 Pro with 10-cores for an extra $200, it will come with the 96W adapter. Keep in mind that this is only for the base 14-inch model and that the more expensive 14-inch MacBook Pro or the 16-inch MacBook Pro won’t have these issues as they will ship with more powerful adapters (140W for the 16-inch model).
If you don’t want to pay $200 to get the faster model, then the next best option would be to buy the 96W adapter separately, which Apple is selling for $79. It isn’t cheaper as far as adapters are concerned, but it is cheaper than paying $200 for an upgrade that some of you might not necessarily need.