Apple MacBook Pro’s battery: Company working with Consumer Reports

Published December 28, 2016 by lagmen
NEW DELHI: Recently, the product reviews and ratings website Consumer Reports shocked the technology community by not recommending users Apple MacBook Pro laptops due to its battery performance. The website didn’t to give a ‘recommendation rating’ to any of the three new MacBook laptops claimingly due to their inconsistent battery performance.

This is the first time that an Apple device did not get a ‘Recommended’ rating. “The MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next,” Consumer Reports said.

Apple SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller later tweeted that the Cupertino-based technology company is working with Consumer Reports regarding the issue and that the results do not match the lab tests. “Working with CR to understand their battery tests. Results do not match our extensive lab tests or field data,” he said in the tweet.

Apple MacBook Pro laptops with Touch Bar now available in India

According to Consumer Reports, the three laptops showed varied survivability time on battery when unplugged. The battery time ranged from 16 hours to 3.75 hours is some cases. “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,” said the website.

The website gave 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 65 points out of 100, while the 13-inch version with Touch Bar and without Touch Bar got 40 and 47 points.

Consumer Reports added that these issues can be fixed with a single software update. Apple last month made its new MacBook Pro laptops available in India. Prices for the devices start at Rs 1,29,900 and go all the way up to Rs 2,41,900.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) is priced at Rs 1,29,900, while the price of the same model with Touch Bar is Rs 1,55,900 and Rs 1,72,900 (depending on the storage variant). The 15-inch variant is priced at Rs 2,05,900 and Rs 2,41,900 for 256GB and 512GB respectively.

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