why is the charging cord so short...?!?!?!

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It's very limiting the way Apple includes such short charging cable with the retina Macbook. Is there any cheap solution to extend the length of the cable??
 

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Because most Apple customers have a bin full of figure-8 cords from past Apple purchases. But if you don't, for God's sake do not think you have to blow US$19.00 buying one from Apple. This cord is a commodity available literally anywhere that sells electronics or electrical goods, including your local supermarket, drug store, Walmart or Target — and should cost about four or five bucks. It's US$3.00 on Amazon.com. But if you've ever bought any electronic product before in your lifetime, you already have this cable in your home just waiting for you to wake up and realize the fact.
 
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It's very limiting the way Apple includes such short charging cable with the retina Macbook. Is there any cheap solution to extend the length of the cable??
I don't understand this or the other responses?
The cord is 6' long.....what more do you want? I was surprised it was this long.....most are in the 3-4' range.
My only complaint is the USB-C cables are so thick and sort of bulky.

The MacBook is mobile and is not normally used while plugged in so why do you need a longer cord?
 
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I don't understand this or the other responses?
The cord is 6' long.....what more do you want? I was surprised it was this long.....most are in the 3-4' range.

The MacBook is mobile and is not normally used while plugged in so why do you need a longer cord?

The MacBook is a notebook computer and is going to be regularly used as such, no matter how mobile the device is. Sometimes people are sitting at their desk and have a low battery, or don't want to waste valuable charge cycles, and need more cord length than just six feet to reach an outlet. It happens, which is why previous MacBooks shipped with cord extenders...because there was a definite need for them.
 

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The MacBook is a notebook computer and is going to be regularly used as such, no matter how mobile the device is. Sometimes people are sitting at their desk and have a low battery, or don't want to waste valuable charge cycles, and need more cord length than just six feet to reach an outlet. It happens, which is why previous MacBooks shipped with cord extenders...because there was a definite need for them.
Not to many products now days that would ship with a cord longer than 6' and most are shorter.
Not an Apple issue...and can't say I've ever had the need for a longer cable.

This MacBook is not like previous units either.....its small sleek and very lightweight making it a mobile companion, not a standard notebook IMHO.
Heck, the power cable on my desktop iMac 5k is shorter than the one that comes with the MacBook.

Do what you need to do to make a longer cord but I can't honestly say "why is the charging cord so short..." like the OP suggests.

 

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Apple is being so cheap by not including the extension cord with the Macbook like other Macbooks
 
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Apple is being so cheap by not including the extension cord with the Macbook like other Macbooks
Is little more than this, someone likely suggested look how much "we" will save on a projected number of sales, and here we are. Given the price of the rMB it`s really a cheap move on Apple`s behalf, extension cable & basic USB C to A should be in the box, they are not so all the better for Apple, big surprise...

Bottom line is Apple is plain greedy, margins on some product is simply ridiculous, instantly triggers my BS meter. As my father would say fools and their money.....

Q-6
 

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I want a longer USB-C, not an AC Extension cord. For some that might be fine, but I dont want the power pack underfoot.
 

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Not to many products now days that would ship with a cord longer than 6' and most are shorter.
Not an Apple issue...and can't say I've ever had the need for a longer cable.

This MacBook is not like previous units either.....its small sleek and very lightweight making it a mobile companion, not a standard notebook IMHO.
Heck, the power cable on my desktop iMac 5k is shorter than the one that comes with the MacBook.

Do what you need to do to make a longer cord but I can't honestly say "why is the charging cord so short..." like the OP suggests.
Just because you haven't had a need for a longer cable doesn't mean that it's the same way for everyone else. In college, I needed the extension cable that Apple provided all of the time, especially when you need more juice and have to find an outlet in a crowded classroom. You can't always sit right on top of a power outlet. This is just one example of many.

This MacBook is a lot like previous MacBooks in one respect. I mean, it may be thinner and lighter than other MacBooks, but the same could be said of lots of other previous Apple notebooks over the years, couldn't it? Apple's been concentrating on making their notebooks thinner and lighter since the late 90's. The MacBook Air that first came out in 2008 is a good example. It was once considered small, sleek, and lightweight...an ultraportable that wasn't considered the standard notebook. Now, the title of "thin and light" has passed onto the MacBook, but it's not a unique title to hold IMO. Meanwhile, the MacBook Air has now been relegated to "standard notebook" status.

The reason that some people are complaining is because MacBook's always came with an extension cable in the box with the MagSafe power adapter, and they declined to do so with the MacBook. Now the standard power cord length out-of-the-box is about half of what it was, as Apple is no longer providing what they used to provide to their customers as standard equipment. Sure, they can just use an extension cable from a previous MacBook, buy an extender from Apple for $20, or save the money and get one cheaper elsewhere. However, I think it's sometimes the principle of things. Apple is a company that is increasingly seen as extremely greedy, and this is just another example to point to in favor of that idea.
 
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Because the MacBook isn't meant to be tied to a cord on AC power all the time. It's meant to be used like an iPad.

Just buy an adapter if it's really a huge deal. You can probably fine one used for 10 dollars.
 

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Because the RMB exists for supreme portability and a longer cord adds bulk and weight, the last thing it's owners want as they travel.

Look for Apple to shorten the cord in the future.

BJ
 
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Meh. The USBC is already too long. I'd rather a shorter one actually.

Who in this age has a desk without a variety of power outlets available? I just plug the adapter into this guy until I decide on a powered dock/hub that I'll keep at my desk.

BTW, OWC carries the three prong extender for the power adapter if anyone really must have this style. Five dollars. http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Apple/PWRCBLMSAB/
 
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Because it's a portable computer that weighs under 1kg.

If they gave you 15 metres of cable, it would weigh more than the laptop, and people would complain that the charger was too heavy.

:rolleyes:
 
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2m are a compromise between usability and portability.
USB-C is an open standard, so if you want a longer or shorter cable you are able to get it for reasonable prices.
You can buy a stronger charger for faster charging, too.