Apple's Newest Macbook Pro Disappoints; Consumer Reports Say Its The First Macbook Not Recommended

By R. A. Jayme - 24 Dec '16 05:30AM

One of the most thorough publications performing testing on laptops, Consumer Reports, has found out that Apple's new MacBook Pros have problems with inconsistent battery life.

Consequently, the lastest MacBook Pros are the first from the company to have failed to receive a "recommended" rating, as shared by Consumer Reports in a blog post on ThursdayConsumer Reports conducted the test that includes all three of Apple's new MacBook Pro models: the 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, and both the 13- and 15-inch models with the Touch Bar, a new kind of touch screen integrated with the laptop's keyboard.

Consumer Reports concluded from the test that the MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next. The results came from the repeated tests on the battery life of the said laptops, according to Apple Insider.

"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," the results as said by Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports conducted the test by turning on the laptop's screen and surfs 10 webpages over and over again on Safari. The article said that even recent software updates did not help the problem. Many previous reports have already surfaced said that Apple's latest batch of laptops that were released in October, has been reported to have inconsistent battery life. This came as a surprise for the Apple was well known in the past for underpromising the battery life its laptops got.

When Apple's spec promises 10 hours, the Business Insider's tests found that the 13-inch model with Touch Bar got only about eight hours. With the surfacing complaints, Apple released a new update to its Mac operating system that removed the "remaining" indicator from the system. However, it was Apple who told Business Insider that its macOS battery life calculations had become less accurate.

"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," an Apple spokesperson told us. "With the latest update to Sierra, we have removed the remaining-time indicator."

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