Apple's New MacBooks Just Failed a Big Test
- Darryl Hart
The 2016 MacBook Pro has been the source of some consternation among Mac fans and of some less-than-favorable reviews and Consumer Reports has now jumped on the negativity bandwagon and refrained from recommending Apple's newest laptop.
Apple claims that the new MacBook Pro boasts 10 hours of battery life, but Consumer Reports found battery life to range widely from less than 4 hours to 19 hours. "Working with CR to understand their battery tests. Results do not match our extensive lab tests or field data". So, the publication chose to rate the laptops using their shortest battery life times, which dragged down the computers' overall scores.
Typically, a laptop's battery life may vary from one trial to another by less than 5 percent. Given that the test was only run twice on all 3 devices (15-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Pro with TouchBar, 13-inch MacBook Pro without TouchBar), Consumer Reports doesn't think the results are conclusive. Its reviewer also reported a 6 hour battery life for the 15-inch model. "After factoring together our complete test results, Consumer Reports finds that all three MacBook Pro models fail to meet our standards for recommended models".
The reviews are in, and for the first time, has not awarded recommended ratings for MacBooks. Consumer Reports' tests confirmed customers' gripes. It put out a step-by-step procedure of how they performed the tests.
Late Friday, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, took to Twitter to alert the public to the fact that the company was in contact with Consumer Reports regarding the report. A result that makes no sense in a standardised testing environment.
With this year's MacBook Pro family proving to be one of the fastest selling laptops of the year the battery issues are unlikely to have a material impact on the market share of the macOS powered machines.
So what should people who've already bought (and maybe wrapped) a MacBook Pro do? The new computers' most notable new feature is the Touch Bar, a touch-sensitive strip above the keyboard that changes functions based on the software running on screen. Apple claims the MacBook Pro features the "brightest and most colourful Retina display yet" with 500 nits of brightness, which Apple claims is 67 per cent brighter than the previous generation.
The 13-inch version is equipped with a dual core i5 processor clocking at 2GHz, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD.