Consumer Reports has tested three of Apple’s new MacBook models – the 13-in MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar, the 13-in MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and the similar 15-in model.

Macbook Pro 2016

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“The MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next,” says Consumer Reports.

What Consumer Reports did was to hold three consecutive tests. These are some of the results of the test:

  • the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 HRS in the first trial, 12.75 HRS in the second, and 3.75 HRS in the third
  • the 13-inch model without the Touch Bar ran for 19.5 HRS in the first trial and only 4.5 HRS in the next
  • the 15-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 18.5 HRS in the first trial and only 8 HRS in the next

Consumer Reports tested the battery life by turning on the laptop’s screen and surfing webpages using Google Chrome. It did not even involve watching videos that would not require the internet access. Software updates did not resolve this complication in the Apple laptops.

Apple promised a 10-hour long battery life but the new MacBook Pros did not live up to the promise. The laptops showed lengthy battery life at the first use but during the subsequent trials, it had lesser battery life. It did not even reach 10 hours!

Is Apple’s MacBook Getting Weak?

Apple also just recently removed the “time remaining” battery estimate feature in the MacOS update. The reason for this is because it has misled users to think that their laptops still have long battery life. Rather, the system has been so inaccurate that Apple has received several complaints.

Now, it has another problem to solve. And Consumer Reports have concluded that the new versions of the Apple MacBook Pro 2016 are not recommendable.