Last month I highlighted how Apple charged £16 more for a replacement MacBook Air charger than it for the MacBook and 13″ MacBook Pro version despite the Air being a lower wattage unit.
I also noted that Apple’s own support pages stated it was possible to use the cheaper but higher-powered MacBook Pro chargers with a laptop that shipped with a lower rated charger.
That information was absent from Apple’s own sales text, although user comments do point potential buyers in the right direction.
There’s been some developments – Apple has now harmonised the costs of MagSafe chargers at £65, a price which manages to be dearer than two of the old prices and a whole pound less than the old MacBook Air charger price.
And, curiously, the new chargers also retail for exactly the same price as the new MagSafe 2 adapters needed by the new MacBook models announced on Monday.
Some questions naturally arise:
a) If it’s possible to use a higher-powered charger with a laptop which shipped with a lower rated one, why bother having different models when you’re charging the same for each? Why not simply sell a universal model?
b) How are the manufacturing, distribution and sales costs for the old and new generation chargers magically the same?