Apple Came Very Close to Adding a Larger Battery on the MacBook Pro
Apple’s products have more or less brought in a fair amount of controversy, especially when it is linked to the battery capacity of the company’s products ranging from its latest MacBook Pro and iPhone family. Now, a comprehensive article states that Apple had all the intention to incorporate a larger battery inside the new notebook lineup, but that plan went up in smoke.
Apple Wanted to Use a Newer Battery Design But Decided to Revert to an Older One for the New MacBook Pro and Here’s Why
Bloomberg managed to find some very useful information on what the engineers were up to regarding the MacBook Pro’s battery. We now know that Apple meant well and intended for upgraded battery life, but it looks like time constraints were the obstacle standing in the company’s path. Additionally, the fact that Apple had not announced a MacBook Pro refresh in such a long while meant that they probably didn’t want to waste additional time on the product launch. Given below is what the engineers attempted to achieve but fell short.
“Apple engineers wanted to use higher capacity battery packs shaped to the insides of the laptop versus the standard square cells found in most machines. The design would have boosted battery life.
In the run-up to the MacBook Pro's planned debut this year, the new battery failed a key test, according to a person familiar with the situation. Rather than delay the launch and risk missing the crucial holiday shopping season, Apple decided to revert to an older design.
The change required roping in engineers from other teams to finish the job, meaning work on other Macs languished, the person said. The new laptop didn't represent a game-changing leap in battery performance, and a software bug misrepresented hours of power remaining. Apple has since removed the meter from the top right-hand corner of the screen.”
Delaying the launch would mean that Apple would lose out on the holiday season, which brings a plethora number of sales for the company’s notebook division, so there were a boatload of factors involved that led Apple to make this decision. Hopefully, the MacBook Pro refresh that’s rumored to arrive in 2017 will fix these problems, so fingers crossed for that.