Apple Inc. ’s new MacBook Pro laptops, which have installed the most recent software update, are reportedly packing longer battery life of up to 10 hours compared to previous 5-6 hours, reports MacRumors. Prior to the release of latest macOS, Macbook Pro users complained that the device has shorter than expected battery life.
Solves battery issue without acknowledging it
Many reviewers failed to verify Apple’s claim as battery life did not last more than 5-6 hours a day. Gradually, people were starting to believe that this is the maximum that MacBook Pro can give.
As a solution, it appeared that the Cupertino-based firm decided to stop showing the battery estimated time remaining. In the update to macOS 10.12.2, the indicator showing the hours and minutes left was wiped out. The move could be justified, stating that due to under clocking and variable power demand by CPU, GPU and system architecture, it is challenging to track the battery remaining on a user’s unique MacBook Pro set-up.
“The counter point is that if anyone has the experience and the data, it would be Apple,” says Ewan Spence of Forbes. Removal of the indicator irked many. But, Apple tried to balance the move by modifying some software leading to greater battery life.
Users are monitoring the battery with the help of third-party apps such as Coconut battery. The focus appears to be on idle power saving with some users reporting a drop from 6 watts to fewer than 4 watts, notes Spence.
Apple Inc. has not acknowledged that there is an issue with the battery life of the MacBook Pro. Therefore, a question of it fixing the issue in the first place does not arise. However, speaking to Jim Dalrymple at The Loop, Apple said it has released an update for macOS Sierra [10.12.2], addressing number of issues which users were facing in the Mac operating system.
Dalrymple said, “Some users have reported problems with battery life, but Apple told me that after a lot of testing they stand behind the 10 hour battery life with the new MacBook Pro.”
Apple hiring battery experts
Another hint that Apple was working on improving the battery life came from a hiring announcement days after it drew flak on its “unusual solution” for the battery issue.
Apple Inc. is looking to hire Battery Algorithm Analysis Engineer and System Power and Control Architect. These hirings were done possibly to tackle the issue of power and battery that has affected Apple devices such as MacBook Pro and iPad Pro 2, as per gamenguide.
The job description for Battery Algorithm Analysis Engineer says the candidate will verify advanced lithium-ion battery management technology through battery testing and data analysis. Further, they will be required to create test plans and conduct battery tests.