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Testing Apple’s 29W USB-C iPad charging

Federico Viticci at MacStories just tested Apple’s 29W USB-C power adapter with his iPad Pro. This is the power adapter released last year for the MacBook, but a new USB-C-to-Lightning cable makes it capable of fast-charging the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The performance gap between the 29W and 12W power adapters is simply too big to ignore: every iPad Pro user would want to spend less time charging their device and end up with more battery, more quickly. The 12W power adapter essentially brings glorified iPhone charging to the iPad Pro - a subpar experience that, at this point, is barely acceptable.

If you use a 12.9-inch iPad Pro as your primary computer every day, I strongly recommend getting the 29W USB-C power adapter and USB-C to Lightning cable. It’s money well spent.

I’m in the category that Federico refers to as “people who primarily use it at home and charge it overnight,” so I’m not sure that I want to spend $80 for faster charging, but if you’re a 12.9-inch iPad Pro user who is frustrated by recharge times, this is great news.