Those who are planning to buy Apple Macbook Pro 2016 may just be a tad disappointed. Consumer Reports recently published their findings about the new laptop. So far, it had issues with consistency when it comes to battery life.
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Because of this, Apple’s latest product is the first one not to receive a ‘recommended’ rating, said Consumer Reports on their blog post on Thursday, December 22, 2016. The tests involved all of the three Apple MacBook Pro models namely the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar, and the 13- and 15-inch models with the Touch Bar. The Touch Bar is a new type of touchscreen that’s integrated into the keyboard.
Part of the report read: The MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next. For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in the next. And the numbers for the 15-inch laptop ranged from 18.5 down to 8 hours. Those were just a few of the results; we tested battery life on these laptops repeatedly.
Persistent Battery Problems
These latest batch of laptops from Apple that were released in October have received reports concerning inconsistent battery life since the time of their release. Their spec sheet said 10 hours, but in the tests made by Business Insider, though not as rigorous as Consumer Reports? but still valid, they found the 13-inch model with Touch Bar to last only eight hours.
When the complaints kept coming in, Apple released a new update to the Mac OS, removing the ‘remaining’ indicator from its system. An Apple spokesperson tells the reason behind this by saying, “When combined with the differing ways people use their Mac throughout the day, the calculation of remaining battery life displayed as a measure of
time has become less accurate. With the latest update to Sierra, we have removed the remaining time indicator.”
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