What you need to know
- Apple is now selling $49 USB-C to MagSafe 3 cables in new colors.
- Midnight, Space Gray, Silver, and Starlight cables are available.
- The new cables match the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro colors.
Apple is now selling color-matched versions of its USB-C to MagSafe 3 cables for the first time. The release coincides with the arrival of the new M2-powered MacBook Air but also finally gives owners of the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro the opportunity to match their Space Gray machine with a suitably stellar cable.
When Apple shipped the new MacBook Pro last year it brought MagSafe back to the Mac, which was wonderful news. Less popular was the discovery that those buying the Space Gray version were left with a bright white cable.
Just a small gripe here. I absolutely love this new MacBook Pro, but why couldn’t Apple shell out the coin and make a Space Gray MagSafe 3 cable and connector for the Space Gray variation? #MacBookPro #Apple pic.twitter.com/s3Mxo6WsKoJust a small gripe here. I absolutely love this new MacBook Pro, but why couldn’t Apple shell out the coin and make a Space Gray MagSafe 3 cable and connector for the Space Gray variation? #MacBookPro #Apple pic.twitter.com/s3Mxo6WsKo— rew (@DesignerDrew) December 11, 2021December 11, 2021
Now, owners of $2,000+ notebooks can finally sleep at night with Apple more than willing to take $49 off them, handing over a brand new cable in return. The new USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable is available now in Space Gray, Silver, Midnight, and Starlight. Note that those buying a new MacBook Air needn't worry too much — you'll get a color-matched cable in the box. If you've waited, you might even snag a discount in these Prime Day MacBook deals.
The chances of Apple offering some sort of part exchange cable for people jonesing for a Space Gray one are slim to none, but at least those who really need things to match can now throw money at the problem to make it go away. Hopefully Apple doesn't make the same mistake when the MacBook Pro is refreshed with new Apple M2 chips later this year.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.