MacBook Pro Users Express Concerns About Limited Battery Life

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A subset of users who purchased a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar claim to be experiencing shorter than expected battery life.


    In particular, some users claim to be getting as little as 3 to 6 hours of battery life on a single charge, or between 30% and 60% of the up to 10 hours advertised.

    MacRumors forum member SRTM said:
    MacRumors forum member Aioriya said:
    Reddit user Azr-79 yesterday claimed his new base model 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar received only 3 hours and 45 minutes of battery life on a single charge, despite what he described as "normal usage" in the form of web browsing, watching YouTube videos, and software development.


    MacRumors forum member Scott claimed he experienced a 5 percentage point drop in battery life, from 10% to 5%, in just 12 minutes. Google Chrome, a known battery hog, was listed as the only app drawing significant power. The discussion topic he posted in and others are littered with similar claims of sizeable percentage drops in mere minutes.


    Other claims on Reddit include anywhere from 3 hours to 5 hours to 6 hours -- sometimes more, and sometimes less.

    Conversely, some users report battery life exactly in line with Apple's advertised figures. Reddit user Andrew J., for example, said he was working on non-intensive tasks on his new MacBook Pro for 90 straight minutes, and still had 92% battery life with an estimated 10 hours and 35 minutes of usage remaining.
    Estimates unsurprisingly vary widely based on screen brightness, background processes, and other factors, so user reports are only anecdotal evidence and your mileage may vary. It is also important to note battery life could be initially reduced until Spotlight finishes indexing your new MacBook Pro.

    Battery life complaints are nothing new following the launch of a new Apple product. However, some users speculate battery life could be impacted by the new MacBook Pro switching from more efficient integrated Intel graphics to the power-hungrier dedicated AMD Radeon Pro GPU for unnecessary tasks.

    Once again, however, there are always claims to suggest otherwise. Reddit user Lebron Hubbard claims he received 5 hours and 48 minutes of battery life on his high-end built-to-order 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar when forcing only the dedicated AMD Radeon Pro 460 graphics to run using gfxCardStatus:
    Apple's built-in Activity Monitor and third-party app coconutBattery are useful tools for tracking system processes and detailed battery information.


    Apple officially says the new MacBook Pro is rated for up to 10 hours of battery life. Specifically, its tech specs page says all new 13-inch and 15-inch models are capable of up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing, up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback, and up to 30 days of standby time on a single charge.

    TechCrunch placed battery life at 9 hours and 35 minutes for the 13-inch model. Mashable said 10 hours is a fair estimate overall. The Wall Street Journal got 9.5 hours on the 13-inch model. Engadget gauged between 9 and 10 hours of video playback on the 15-inch model. Nilay Patel got 5.5 hours on the 13" in real-world use.

    Apple explains how it performs its battery tests on its website:
    Apple's website also provides tips for maximizing battery life on the MacBook Pro, including updating to the latest version of macOS, optimizing Energy Saver settings in System Preferences, dimming the screen's brightness to the lowest comfortable level, and turning off Wi-Fi while not connected to a network.

    Additional battery optimization advice provided by users includes performing a fresh install of macOS Sierra and resetting the SMC.

    Article Link: MacBook Pro Users Express Concerns About Limited Battery Life
  2. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
    There are still 2015 models out there to be bought. I think thats the way to go as of now
  3. gramtrax macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2008
    San Francisco, CA
  4. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
    The sheer vitriol from users regarding all of these issues with the new MBPs would have been so much less if they were priced fairly. $1799 for the 13" is such a goddamn disgrace.
  5. kagharaht macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    LOL my late 2008 MBP can run up to 3 hours. Glad my trusty old MBP can keep up with the new one.
  6. BootsWalking macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2014
    "Reversely, some users report battery life exactly in line with Apple's advertised figures."

    "Reversely" is the inverted inverse of conversely :)
  7. otozuz macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2010
    Seriously, what's going on at Apple? I've been a devoted user for more than 15 years, but now I'm really pissed off by the direction this company has taken. :(
  8. Pez555 macrumors 68020


    Apr 18, 2010
    what did you all expect with the level of quality control that Apple has at the moment.
  9. coolbreeze macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2003
    What a fiasco. Glad I returned mine and got a SP4.

    That emoji bar is adorable. Touch/pen is far superior, the end. Apple is wrong here.
  10. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    Give the machine 32 GB of RAM, that would surely lessen battery life complaints :D
  11. BootsWalking macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2014
    There is no problem with the batteries - you're just consuming the power wrong.
  12. Cineplex macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2016
    This MacBook Pro is a hit! Best Mac EVER! What's next, TouchBar failures?
  13. Dave 1 macrumors newbie

    Dave 1

    Dec 1, 2016
    But... but... it's supposed to be good because it's Thinner!

    Here's hoping Apple learns we want quality, not thinner or gimmicks like their new bar.
  14. selfsilent macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2014
    Wow, hold the front page! Laptop battery lasts less time when using power hungry apps!

    To quote Apple. "UP TO 10 hours battery life".

    3 hours is "up to" 10 hours.
    Use better designed apps.
  15. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    This junk costs $3,000 and Apple calls it the MacBook 'Pro'
  16. and 1989 others macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2016
    So just to sum up the new MacBook Pro:

    - it doesn't connect to any devices easily
    -it costs £400 more than previous versions
    -the Speakers explode
    -The graphics go crazy after 2 weeks
    -The battery life is nonsense.

    -emojis to express your disappointment.
  17. now i see it macrumors 68030

    Jan 2, 2002
    Ok, it's now official. The 2016 MBP is undeniably a P.O.S.
    (choose the acronym of you choice)

    1. Performance Oriented System
    2. Piece of S _ _ _
  18. ChinaRye macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Washington, DC
    So happy I bought maxed out 2015 MBP last year despite the expected revision on the horizon. Just bought AppleCare. Looks like I'll be keeping this one for a long time.
  19. deany macrumors 68030


    Sep 16, 2012
    North Wales
    Probably a software issue linked to Touch Bar that will be easily fixed.
  20. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Does anyone EVER get Apple's advertised battery life?

    After 15 years' worth of Apple products I don't think I ever have.
  21. cult hero macrumors 6502a

    cult hero

    Jun 6, 2005
    Fresh install (well, factory install where I manually moved my data without the data migrator) on a near maxed out 13" model yields 7-8 hours of what I consider "normal" use which is, how shall we say, underwhelming especially since Apple's battery life claims have been pretty realistic on the last three MacBooks (2 Pros, 1 Air).

    One thing I have noticed is that the use of an external Thunderbolt monitor drains the battery like crazy, just as expressed in this article. Mind you I'm almost always on power when using an external monitor but it's still pretty crazy.

    Still mostly happy with the machine for my own purposes but this thing has more of a beta feel to it than any prior machine. (I tend to avoid first gen releases though. Maybe I should have kept up with the policy?)
  22. akb macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2004
    Maybe it's because I'd been waiting two years for this redesigned MacBook Pro, but the disappointment following this product announcement seems enormous to me.

    Let's see if lessons are learnt. It feels like a tipping point. Either this is where things start to improve, or Apple accelerates downhill.
  23. TheIguana macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2004
    Better to be thinner than to have all day battery life ;)
  24. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    A majority of the people complaining about poor battery life are using Chrome and won't even entertain using Safari.

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