Is anyone else going to miss the battery indicator lights?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lulla01, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. lulla01 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
    I missed them on my air and I'll miss them on the rMBP I was excited to get them back but they're not on there. ... :(
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You'll still be able to see battery status on your Menu Bar.
  3. TheHoff macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2008
  4. lulla01 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
    I'm aware of that, I liked being able to just click the button if my laptop was closed and check.
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    they're great to use though when you don't want to open your laptop to see where the battery is out while you're out. i miss it on my air since it'd let me gauge if i needed to bring my charger with me or not.
  6. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2008
    I too will miss them. it was nice to be able to check if it needed a charge without pulling it out and turning it on.
  7. Adamantoise, Jun 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2012

    Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    You don't have to buy the Retina.

    You could always buy the legacy models.
  8. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  9. zurichuk macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    Considering it was around 18 months before I noticed them on my existing MBP, erm, no.
  10. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    The nicest thing was seeing them light up when you connected and disconnected the magsafe. Never even had to open the screen if you were just taking it out of your bag and putting it on charge.

    The new machines should wake up from sleep pretty quickly though so that's less of an inconvenience.
  11. lulla01 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
    Its still on the regular MacBook pro I just checked
  12. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    In 5 years I've never used the indicator. This thread actually reminded it was there.

    Of all the crap to complain about, how about the fact you won't be able to upgrade your macs one day?
  13. therealseebs macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2010
    Advice like this is basically never useful, because it ignores the fact that there are reasons to prefer the Retina.

    FWIW, I personally don't much care about the battery lights, but I liked them as a matter of principle, and I hate seeing features removed left and right.
  14. northernpaul macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    Little things like this are what IMO set the Mac apart.

    Another 2 small things I'll miss:-
    1) IR port for Apple remote
    2) Kensington lock slot

    All small things, but annoying nonetheless..
  15. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    I liked that as well. I miss it on my MBA and I'll miss it on the new MBP.


    I think the indicator lights are something worth complaining about. The computer I've specced will meet my needs for the time that I am planning to use it. I'll then sell it and buy a new one. I've upgraded my Mini and MBP in the past, but I don't feel the need to do this on my MBA, hence why I know I won't feel the need with the new MBP. I am comfortable with this.
  16. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    wait... those got removed as-well k than i am definitely not upgrading in the near future, having the lock slot is a must in some places... and the battery indicator is a nice gimmick to have.
  17. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Not to be rude but that's just inane babble.

    There are reasons to prefer any model over the other. In this case, battery indicator lights are a reason to prefer the legacy over the retina model.

    Some people want a stock Ethernet port and that is a reason to prefer the legacy over the retina.

    My advice was straightforward ... You have options, no one is forcing you to buy a retina model. Make a list of pros and cons and buy the device that comes out on top.
  18. lulla01 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
    This isn't an advice thread, I asked if anyone was going to miss the indicator not about your advice or about pros and cons. The indicator isn't a deal breaker it's just something I liked that the MacBook pro line had over the air and the fact that the retina model got rid of it just made me feel a slight disappointment, not enough where I'd bash the machine over it.
  19. northernpaul macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    I agree. It's an annoyance for me too, but certainly not a deal breaker

  20. Zeov macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2011
    The missing light was a real dealbreaker for me... Not.
  21. AirmanPika macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2007
    Vandenberg AFB, CA
    You mean that button I sometimes hit by accident that showed me a bunch of green dots? Nah. I'm gonna miss the IR port because I used my apple remote to control music on my old macbook pro.
  22. mohsy90 macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2011
    New York
    Not sure why they didn't include it. Doesn't seem like it would be too difficult to find a little space to incorporate it in. The unit itself is tiny.

    Not a deal breaker, but definitely something they should have kept.
  23. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Really? I think it's the completely unique hardware design and the Mac OS that sets Macs apart.

    In fact, those two features you mentioned both existed on a generic plastic HP I owned some years ago. They're nothing unique.
  24. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth

    Missing indicator battery lights on new Macbook Pro Retina ??


    Its strange to see how the absent of these small things on the mac, that you used all the time, make a big difference upon these releases/updates. Easy to check to when the Mac is not on, and no adapter on hand, so while not a disappointment. Suppose it being "thinner" Apple couldn't fit it in..

    Its not something that not prevent me from buying just "because of this", but its a feature i'll miss.

    The nay thing now, i'm currently deciding is screen display vs weight ? e.g. new Air or Retina. As the Air looks even more interesting now. :D
  25. d0vr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2011
    Haha, those two things are the exact two things I couldn't give a toss about. The remote always opened up that DVD app when someone was using an Apple TV near me.

    The battery indicator is a shame though, I use it every day. I'm also a little confused about why line is is gone. Has that just been incorporated into the headphone socket like on an iDevice? And you would just use a splitter if you needed both line in and out?

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