2016 15" Issues Check List

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  1. fpenta, Dec 14, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2016

    fpenta macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2016
    Hey everyone

    After ordering, canceling, buying refurb 2015" and return them etc.. I finally made the decision to go for the new 2016 15" maxed out with 2.9 ghz, 1TB, 460.
    This is because the price for a refurb 15" 2015 maxed out with 2.8, 1TB and 370x at the Apple Store is 3000€ here in Europe and there are no other way to get them.
    Having the possibility to use an educational discount I went for the newer model for 600€ more.

    I know about all the possible issues of this specific model and for this reason I'd like to know all the things that I should check (and how to do them like specific programs etc..) once the MacBook Pro arrives based on users reviews: how to test battery life and what to see exactly? Make glitches appear? Loose Touch ID? Scratches? Etc..
    If you could summarize the problems found so far on the 15" would be easier for new users to check!

    Thank you!
  2. BondFancy, Dec 14, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2016

    BondFancy macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2016
    I've personally heard of the following with respect to both the 13" and 15", some are quality of life issues, and some are actual problems. It's hard to tell for certain which are hardware issues and which are software issues, but here's the list I've heard of, I am sure I am missing some and that some have been fixed (or rare):

    General UI Lag (applications folder, mission control, etc.)
    Touch bar freezing
    Touch bar artifacts appearing on main screen
    Keyboard keys not working, or spitting out multiple characters on one press (Some reported after extended use the problem would correct itself, i.e. "break in" period)
    Poor battery life (3-6 hours on light use)
    Charger not working on any ports (Can be caused by the cable/brick or port itself)
    Graphical artifacts (Has appeared on iGPU and all 3 dGPU variants, 10.12.2 seemingly fixed a lot of it)
    Adobe media encoder crashing
    Scratch on left or right speaker grill
    Loss of wi-fi from dongles (Typically from poor shielding on cables)

    I'll update if I think of any others.

    Waking while closed
    Loose/wobbly touch ID button
    Screen brightness not uniform
    Bluetooth not appearing
    Speaker Popping (Fixed with firmware update)
  3. SomeGuy2112 macrumors regular


    Apr 23, 2015
    For what its worth, I've had a 13" and exchanged it for a 15". Both have been absolutely flawless thus far.
  4. bizack macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    Keyboard is monocrhome
    Charging requires plugging the laptop in
    Metal chassis scratches easily when you drop it on the ground
    Display can be shattered when punched
    USB-A plugs don't correctly fit into USB-C ports
    Webcam can't shoot 4k videos
    Fake speaker holes probably means other fake things on the laptop
    Touch Bar is more like a Touch Strip, can cause confusion
    Large trackpad makes my hands feel small
    Was going to send the kids to community college, spent the money on a MBP instead
  5. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2016

    No issues on mine, no need for a check-list to get yourself riled up about every nuance.
  6. BondFancy macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2016
    Too late :p:D
  7. idark77 macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2014
    Add to the list:
    - TimeMachine backup issue
    - Audio stops working and you need to restart
    - "Coil Whine" + "Capacitor Whine"
  8. BiteSizeThumb macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2016
    I actually notice the waking while close. Sometimes I'll sleep to a youtube video of some sort, and close my screen in the middle of the night. I'll wake up in the morning and a video would still be playing... What's that all about?
  9. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2016
    Do you have a schedule in energy preferences? Maybe an app is preventing sleep?
  10. MinEderPlayz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2013
    Hamburg, Germany
    + "Rich Customer Whine"
  11. idark77 macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2014
  12. brvhrt macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2015

    Well played.

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