Consumer Reports has battery problems with new MacBook Pro

USA Today:

The reviews are in, and for the first time, Consumer Reports has not awarded recommended ratings for MacBooks.

The latest batch of MacBook Pro laptops exhibited “battery life results (that) were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next,” the magazine said in a review published Thursday.

“Battery life is an important attribute for a laptop, and it it represents a significant portion of our overall score,” reviewer Jerry Beilinson wrote. “After factoring together our complete test results, Consumer Reports finds that all three MacBook Pro laptops fail to meet our standards for recommended models.”

Regardless of your opinion of Consumer Reports, this does not look good for Apple. Apple refused comment on the report but expect them to, in the New Year, address the issue.

  • komocode

    wait, who is getting “19.5 hours” of battery life and how is he doing it?

  • I’m pretty sure this is going to amount to a software problem in 10.12 that’s shared with other MacBook models in at least some cases. I can’t believe how many times I’ve had to kill a runaway process lately.

    • The Cappy

      Really? Any process in particular or just different ones each time?

      • It has varied, but bash seems to be a favorite.

        Edit: Right now, Finder is using 80% CPU. It has no windows open and has been idle for a half hour.

  • EffeteBloke

    I wonder if CR was using 10.12.1? I think some battery issues were addressed in 10.12.2.

  • Kriztyan

    It’s not like Apple did not take there time to get this right. Apple is no longer the same company it used to be under Jobs. This is becoming increasingly more apparent as time passes. I did not want to believe it, but it’s hard to not notice at this point.

    • spazsquatch

      Jobs never (in his life) had to deal with the sort of business situations Cook has. It seems more an more apparent that a lot of issues Cook has to deal with are from trying to scale the house that Jobs built.

      You could argue that Jobs would know how to blow up his baby without burning the whole thing down, which I might have given him better odds at than Cook (or anyone else for that matter) but its still just conjecture.

      • Kriztyan

        Sure, it is conjecture. What else could it be, but regardless. I am seeing a lot of problems with Apple at this stage. I see other companies taking point and innovating beyond Apple. Apple is supposed to be the pinnacle of quality and innovation. In certain respects, it still is, in others, not so much. 5 years ago I would not have considered Apple hardware alternatives, now, I am not that sure.

        It used to be that Apple would always stay current with technological trends. Particularly with the Mac. Polaris and Pascal GPUs have been out for almost a year. Only the Macbook Pro uses the mobile version. Why? So we get to wait for the next generation. Selling 3 year old hardware and at premium price does not bring value or innovation.

        • Snort. Apple has never been a pinnacle of quality and innovation. Apple has been very good at producing practical innovation. That really hasn’t changed.

          • James Hughes


            That’s why Power computing was able to advance as far as they could. Something Steve shut down asap when he returned to Apple.

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  • The Cappy

    I haven’t had this huge variability with battery life in my new MBP. Mine’s been pretty decent. “As advertised”, as near as I can tell.

  • tylernol

    I would suspect it is either a macOS issue and /or a power management issue with the processors or graphics — cores are not shutting down when expected to. Yeah.. I’ll be holding on to my 2013 a while longer.

  • rick gregory

    Hmm. battery health shows my MBP having about 7 hours left at 94%. Screen’s down a few notches (3-4). I’d like more, but… eh. This is, though, on 10.12.3 public beta 2, so… /shrug

  • 19.5 hours? Eh.

  • abdoradus

    There’s obviously a problem with CR’s testing setup. On their web site they say that hey let the laptop’s default browser download a sequence of ten web pages from a server on the same WiFi network. Seems to have worked well for them so far but when they get inconsistent results it’s hard to draw conclusions. They say there wasn’t a problem when they used Chrome instead of Safari but there isn’t enough data to be conclusive and it would’t matter because there standard procedure is always with the default browser. That means you can’t draw any conclusions about the battery itself at all. Seems more like there’s either a problem with Safari or their test tends to trigger a lot of background activity. Maybe spotlight running amok because of all that download activity? Who knows.