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The battle over the MacBook Pro battery life is over… guess who won?


MacBook Pro 13 2016

The new Apple MacBook Pro has finally joined its brethren in the realm of recommended laptops, following a protracted debate over its battery life.

The influential Consumer Reports website has now awarded the 2016 model a ‘Recommended’ tag; after initially deciding against it due to what it deemed ‘wildly unpredictable’ battery expectancy.

Apple fought back earlier this week claiming Consumer Reports' test methodology, which involved turning off the cache in the Safari browser, had uncovered an easily fixable bug.

After retesting the MacBook Pro with the updated software, CR declared all three models performed well, with up to 18.75 hours of charge.

CR explains: “The process we followed with Apple is the same process we follow with any manufacturer when we discover a significant problem. We shared our test results with the company so it could better understand our findings and deliver a fix to consumers. Since Apple made a fix, we retested the laptops.

“Now that we’ve factored in the new battery-life measurements, the laptops’ overall scores have risen, and all three machines now fall well within the recommended range in Consumer Reports ratings.”

In our own tests of the MacBook Pro, we experienced no such issues with the battery life, and few other sites reported it either.

Certainly not the 3.5 - 19 hour variances experienced by CR, anyway. Now we know why.

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Is the MacBook Pro on your shopping list in 2016? Share your thoughts below.


January 13, 2017, 8:48 pm

I for one would love to know how TR can justify a recommendation for a device that makes it harder to get a job done. If any other product had an omission as important as the ports on this machine it would count as a huge strike....


January 15, 2017, 9:02 am

It takes courage. ;)


January 15, 2017, 11:08 am

My macbook pro 13'' 512 SSD i7 3.3GHz 16Gb RAM never lasted more than 6.5 hours.
Did the test of watching two iTunes movies non-stop, screen at 75%, sound at 50% (and no wifi!) and that's how I got there.

In normal usage with WiFi on, surfing and working with some apps (Excel, Photos...) it was closer to 5 hours...
I really wonder how they got to 15h...
I send my Macbook pro back... highly disappointed... for first time in my Apple fan life

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