Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has failed to gain a purchase recommendation from Consumer Reports because of battery life issues that were seen during testing. Battery life reportedly “varied dramatically” from one test to another. As per a new report that surrounds the new MacBook Pro, the machine is the first of Apple’s MacBooks that has not gained a Consumer Reports recommendation.
The MacBook Pro battery life outcomes were greatly inconsistent from one trial to the another. For example, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar operated 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 ran for 19.5 hours in first trial but only 4.5 hours in the next. While the 15-inch model ran ranging from 18.5 down to 8 hours. Consumer Reports cites that a laptop’s battery generally varies by less than five percent from test to test. However, because of the “disparate figures” seen in the MacBook Pro test, an average battery life consumers might expect to see could not be calculate. Consumer Reports used the lowest battery score, for that reason. This prevented the MacBook Pro from getting a recommendation.
According to the report, “Consumer Reports sees that all three MacBook Pro laptops fail to meet our standards for recommended models.” Some users who purchased a 2016 MacBook Pro started complaining of ongoing battery life issues with the machine shortly after purchasing. This eventually led Apple to remove the “Time Remaining” battery life estimate in the macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update. Even getting rid of the indicator did not solved battery life issues. So few other changes might have been implemented at the same time, since there have been reports of better battery life after the update.
Apple claims that its own internal testing has resulted the MacBook Pro working up to the company’s standards, offering up to 10 hours of battery life when browsing the web or watching iTunes movies. Apple did not want to comment to Consumer Reports regarding the matter. However, the Cupertino Company said, “Any customer who has a queries about their Mac or its operation should contact AppleCare.”