Apple’s latest generation MacBook Pro has been, one for a better word, a bit of a disaster in terms of reception from users and the press, and it’s not that difficult to see why. For one, being a “Pro” machine, you’ll find nothing but USB-C ports on the thing, function keys are replaced by a gimmick Touch Bar, the keyboard is horrendous, but probably the biggest problem other than lacklustre performance, is battery life!
The battery on the new MacBook Pro is meant to deliver at least 10 hours of power per full charge, a pretty standard affair upon pro Notebooks these days, however ask anyone who has the new MacBook Pro and, well, let’s just say, you’re typically lucky to get 5 hours.
The best way to tell whether you have enough Battery on your Mac, like with a Windows machine, is to check the percentage and the software estimate based on your current usage. Whilst this can never be completely 100% accurate, it offers you a clear direction of how far your Battery typically should last giving you some assurance before you get about your day.
We still have a previous generation MacBook Pro lying around which has some very impressive Battery life, easily getting past 12 hours most of the time, topping our iPad Pro, so it’s definitely marking quite a few questions why the latest MacBook Pro is struggling so bad.
Apple’s battery problem
Battery problems, you though that was a Samsung issue this year, but it’s now turning in to an Apple one. Since the release of iOS 10, all iPhone models are experiencing intensive Battery drain issues which Apple can’t even fix right now, instead they’ve built in a Battery monitoring tool in to the latest iOS 10.2 release in hope of an answer! And now with the MacBook Pro, things are starting to get out of hand.
However, there’s clearly only two things which could possibly be causing the battery drain;
- Touch Bar
- Poor software optimisation
The Touch Bar is a new addition to the MacBook family, which runs off it’s own ARM processor and OLED display, so it’s unclear whether that is causing any additional weight on the battery, even so that shouldn’t quite frankly half battery life.
Which leaves software optimisation, a problem with ALL Apple software as of late, which honestly would not surprise us.
Apple’s quite frankly pathetic solution … remove evidence
Apple stands by their claim of 10 hours of Battery life on the MacBook Pro lines, and whilst yes it is true newer machines will always experience terrible Battery life initially as the system indexes, and everything syncs together, that’s something which you can’t say after months of use.
But, what’s Apple solution … well, they don’t have one, in essence deal with it! Seriously!
Apple, in their latest macOS Sierra update (out today) has removed the Battery Estimator from macOS entirely, now limiting you to just the percentage which is quite frankly an absolute joke!
This is a statement Apple said to The Loop on the change;
Apple said the percentage is accurate, but because of the dynamic ways we use the computer, the time remaining indicator couldn’t accurately keep up with what users were doing. Everything we do on the MacBook affects battery life in different ways and not having an accurate indicator is confusing.
Besides the apps we are working on all the time, there are a lot of things that are happening in the background that users may not be aware of that affects battery life.
Source: The Loop
So, essentially, Apple, instead of admitting there’s an issue with the MacBook Pro and aiding a very required fix for the issue, has instead just removed a very useful featuring from macOS to cover up their failings.
You seriously couldn’t write it. Screw you Apple.