[U] Apple Disables Battery Life Indicator On MacBook Pro To Resolve Battery Problems; Why? Take A Look

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Dec 13, 2016
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Looks like Apple’s problems with the MacBook Pro’s battery life just aren’t going to end. The company’s been facing harsh criticism ever since the notebook became available for order. From battery life, to the absence of ports, the media simply isn’t content with the company’s new approach for the notebook lineup. Now, a rather interesting development has taken place. Take a look below for more.

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On paper, the MacBook Pro offers 10 hours of battery life. Of course, if you’re tech savvy by even a fraction, you’ll know that this will rarely translate into real life performance. It’s a similar problem that seems to be taking place with the new launched MacBook Pro variants. Users are complaining that the battery life displayed in their macOS battery life status menu is much lower than expected.

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Apple’s solution? Disable the plugin in macOS 10.12.2 update. As devilish as it might sound, the company does appear to have sound reasoning behind the matter. 9to5Mac has some inside information on the matter. Apple believes that the fault isn’t with the hardware of its notebooks. Rather, it’s a problem based on the calibration of the software’s algorithm with the new hardware found on the MacBook. How Apple didn’t pick this particular problem when testing its devices is beyond us.

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According to the publication, a couple of software features seem to be at the root of the problem. The issue is the algorithm’s inability to keep track of efficient switching between high and low power modes. The issues is amplified with services which constantly use iCloud syncing, optimized storage, spotlight indexing and even facial recognition for the Photos app. As a result, the end results displayed by the indicator are out of sync – according to the inside belief at Apple.

Subsequently, Cupertino has decided to disable the feature, to prevent further confusion among users. While at first glance it looks like a remarkable shortcut, the logic does look to be sound. Of course, the end result of this change will be clear in the following days. If the problem really is a software issue, then Apple’s been facing a lot of undue criticism for several segments. Not that it’ll be the first of its kind. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest.

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*Update: You can still use an Apple indicator to measure battery life. Simply open Activity Monitor found within the Applications folder in Finder or the Other folder in Lauchpad. Select the Energy Tab at the top. After this, the panel in the bottom center will update and show you estimate battery time remaining.

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