Apple’s MacBook Pro Problems Show No Sign Of Stopping – Forbes
Apple’s latest MacBook Pro machines are advertised as having up to ten hours of battery life. While some users are reaching that ten hour mark many more are falling short, with five hours appearing to be the norm.
Last week on Forbes I highlighted Consumer Report’s recent review of the 2016 MacBook Pro computers, and why the publication felt unable to recommend Apple’s latest hardware:
Because of the wide range of battery life values generated by its tests, Consumer Report was not able to have confidence in taking an average battery life to determine if it should recommend the latest MacBook Pro machines. Instead it used the only number it could reliably offer the public as being consistently achievable – the shortest battery life experienced by each machine.
…As a result of offering a few scant hours of life, Consumer Report is unable to recommend any of this year’s MacBook Pro machines.
It wasn’t just about the low battery life in one test, but the wide variation between test results, from the shortest time of under four hours, rising to over nineteen hours in another test. While Consumer Report expects to see some variance in battery life (on the order of five percent) this is a ‘slightly’ wider range than you would expect.
Following questions around methodology from 9to5Mac’s Ben Lovejoy, Consumer Report stands by both the tests and the results. Meanwhile 9to5Mac’s readers have been participating in a poll around battery life on the new macOS powered laptops with 34.6 percent of respondents getting less the five hours of battery life from the new MacBook (as well as seven percent reporting more than ten hours).
Apple relies heavily on testing and recommendations from third-party organisations to market its hardware. Consumer Report’s MacBook recommendations (along with those from JD Power) have featured heavily in the past. If these organisations start to pull away from Apple, then another approach will need to be found.
Closer to home pushing the subtle idea of ten hours of battery life (sorry, ‘up to’ ten hours of battery life) when the consensus seems to be around five to seven hours) is a touch disingenuous. How the software and hardware work together to maximise battery life is a key part of the experience. At the moment the evidence points to something being ‘not quite right’ inside the MacBook Pro.