MacBook Pro is the first Apple laptop to lack a recommendation from Consumer Reports – Macworld
The new MacBook Pro is the black sheep in Appleâs product line, at least according to a new review.
Appleâs latest MacBook Pro has failed to receive a buy recommendation from Consumer Reports, making it the first MacBook in history to lack this stamp of approval. Consumer Reports cites extreme inconsistencies with battery performance as the key issue for withholding their recommendation.Â
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. Average battery life may be 10 hours, but this average performance canât be guaranteed.
âWith the widely disparate figures we found in the MacBook Pro tests, an average wouldnât reflect anything a consumer would be likely to experience in the real world,âÂ Jerry Beilinson, reviewer at Consumer Reports, wrote in a blog post.
Consumer Reports conducted several lab tests of three different MacBook Pro models: 15-inch with Touchbar, 13-inch with Touch Bar, and 13-inch without Touchbar. Each model showed this type of inconsistent battery performance. According to Consumer Reports, a typical laptopâs battery life does vary but only about 5 percent.
The new MacBook Proâs lackluster battery life is not only an anomaly for overall laptop performance, but it also marks a major downgrade by Apple standards.
âThis is a real departure from past MacBooks. Most Apple laptops have scored well in our battery test, typically lasting much longer than the manufacturer has claimed,â the blog post continued. âFor instance, aÂ previous 13-inch MacBook Pro modelÂ lasted an exceptional 19 hours in Consumer Reports testing.â
The new MacBook Pro received 4 out of 5 mice inÂ our Macworld review, and weÂ werenât able to replicateÂ the type of battery issues that plagued the Consumer Reports team. We found battery life during an iTunes movie playback to last 9 hours. However, we also found thatÂ relying solely on the high performance graphics, the MacBook Pro takes a big hit on battery life.Â
Apple declined to give a comment to Consumer Reports about their findings but did state that, âAny customer who has a question about their Mac or its operation should contact AppleCare.â
The story behind the story:Â This is not the first time that weâve heard about the MacBook Proâs battery woes. Earlier this month, complaints started popping up on Appleâs discussion forums regarding a substandard battery life on the MacBook Pro. Some users claim that their new laptops last only about 3 hours, similar to what Consumer Reports found.Â Apple originallyÂ responded with a software update, macOS 10.12.2, but that only removed the battery-remaining time estimate.
Watch our video review of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar below.