New MacBook Pro Actually Has Terrible Battery Life, According to Users


The new MacBook Pro models come with the unique Touch Bar, as well as a lot of trade-offs that have been the subject of criticism and controversy. In addition, a lot of users are actually complaining that the notebooks are unable to deliver the MacBook’s latest and greatest feature to-date: battery life.

Lots of Users Have Been Complaining About the Battery Life on the ‘Touch Bar’ Enabled MacBook Pro Models

Several MacBook Pro owners have started ranting on Reddit relating to the abysmal battery time they are experiencing on the new machines. Here are a few accounts of those who are thoroughly dissatisfied with the purchase as far as battery life goes:

“The battery on mine (MBP 15", 2.9, 1 TB, 460) seemed poor when I first got it, but after a week or so it seemed to get better. I assume it's because I was syncing Dropbox and installing all of my software. Now, I'm easily getting 8+ hours out of it when doing the "loungey" stuff like Messages, Safari, Mail, Calendar, and working on the odd spreadsheet in Excel.”

“I've had the 13' w/ TB model for a little over a week and a half now. And I'm not liking the battery life at all so far. So initially using chrome w/ the rest of my apps I was getting about 4-5 hrs. So I switched to safari and noticed a slight bump, 5-6hrs. Which is not what was advertised. I used Safari, Mail, NetBeans/xcode and spotify. While in sleep mode, with all apps off, I lose about 6% every 8hrs which is also very bad...”

“Damn. I opened laptop when I just got home and had 75%. Has been less then 2 hours and got down to 5%. Chrome was open, and was editing photos in lightroom. Not a fan of the battery life.”

Chrome is a battery life guzzler but this was just overkill for the user, which makes you wonder whether Apple wanted to give up a larger percentage of the battery life in thinning down the notebook. It is no secret that when you purchase a product of technology, you’re trading off one perk for another, be it portability, versatility, performance or even battery life, and Apple has a habit of killing the versatility element from its products.

However, the fact that one of the key selling points of the company’s notebooks has unable to show their actual potential in the high-end MacBook Pro is an alarming reminder for the company that maybe making higher tier notebooks a bit too thin isn’t such a good idea. Though there are some very nice things about these laptops, the new MacBook Pro aren’t going to be your cup of tea if you plan on purchasing the high-end models and expect more battery from the system.

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