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Apple “fixes” MacBook Pro battery issues by sweeping them under the rug

by Roy Choi | December 14, 2016December 14, 2016 6:30 am PDT

Apple’s newest MacBook Pro isn’t without its flaws. While there were initial issues with the Touch Bar, those sorts of issues are expected with first-generation products. But then here’s that battery issue.

Apple on Tuesday, issued a new macOS update (10.12.2) that included new emoji, wallpapers, graphics and other system updates.  It appears the false “time remaining” battery life indicator is no longer an issue, because Apple has gotten rid of it altogether. The icon now shows a battery bar/percentage but the “2: 45 remaining” annotation is gone.

That’s one way to solve a problem.

It appears, in Apple’s eyes, ignorance is bliss, at least in this current situation. The batteries and the MacBooks are reportedly performing as expected. Instead, the time remaining estimates just weren’t putting out the right numbers.

According to 9to5Mac, the reason for the issue is a matter of how the new low-power processors handle switching between various apps and tasks that use processing differently.  It appears that Apple’s newest MacBook Pros battery life estimates have a hard time keeping up with the CPU when it would switch between low-power and high-performance functions. In turn, the “time remaining” feature wasn’t displaying an accurate reading.

9to5Mac sources also claim iCloud syncing on macOS Sierra was a culprit for low battery performance. This is, after all, a task that does a bit of heavy lifting when you set up a brand new computer. Since the action takes place in the background, most users weren’t thinking of it as a possible source of battery depletion. In theory, battery life should improve noticeably after this initial phase.

So Apple’s solution is to get rid of the estimate all together. Instead, users are left with a percentage bar, like they’d find on iOS devices. It was creating a sort of anxiety for users that was causing more harm than good in Apple’s eyes.

MacBook Pro or MacBook Pro-blems?

The biggest issue for new MacBook Pro owners has to be battery life, or lack there of. We’ve ran into issues of our own with the new Apple laptop. Is it user error? Is it Google Chrome? What could it be? We made a trip to the Genius Bar and were told that it wasn’t something we’re doing wrong. A Shrug was the official response. Not the most comforting answer after dropping a couple thousand dollars on a new laptop.  10 hours be damned.

9to5Mac

Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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