Consumer Reports would conduct a retesting on MacBook Pro after Apple issued a fix that could address the battery issue, which caused the publication not to recommend Apple’s laptop for the first time.
Late last year, the publication made initial tests on three MacBook Pro units. The result of those tests showed inconsistent battery life that could range from 3.75 hours to 19.5 hours. But Apple advertised its new MacBook Pro models to have a battery life of up to 10 hours.
“For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in the next. And the numbers for the 15-inch laptop ranged from 18.5 down to 8 hours.” – Consumer Reports
The recommendation of Consumer Reports can affect the decision of most consumers. In fact, most Apple enthusiasts had second thoughts in purchasing a new MacBook Pro because of the shortcomings with its battery as reported by Consumer Reports.
Apple told USA Today through email:
“We learned that when testing battery life on Mac notebooks, Consumer Reports uses a hidden Safari setting for developing web sites which turns off the browser cache. This is not a setting used by customers and does not reflect real-world usage. Their use of this developer setting also triggered an obscure and intermittent bug reloading icons which created inconsistent results in their lab. After we asked Consumer Reports to run the same test using normal user settings, they told us their MacBook Pro systems consistently delivered the expected battery life. We have also fixed the bug uncovered in this test.”
If you have the latest MacBook Pro and signed up for the early version of its program, you could check the fix to resolve the Safari bug. Once you are enrolled, the solution would be pushed to your computer through the Software Update function. But the patch will be available to all MacBook Pro users in a few weeks.
But is the latest MacBook Pro worth the price?
The starting price for the latest models is at $2,399 or $2,500 with tax. So, is it worth it? It really depends on your laptop needs. And you can get a discount from some online computer shop. You’ll also appreciate the fact that the company provided four Thunderbolt 3 ports. Plus, there’s no need to worry about getting connected with cables because several companies have already announced docking stations that will adapt for you. Even though the company focuses on making an iPhone, it still knows how to lead the industry with innovation.
Consumer Reports will still have to retest MacBook Pro with the patch provided by the company. You can also improve your laptop’s battery by keeping the display’s brightness down. The reason for this is that high-resolution displays are considered big energy hogs.