New 15" MBP - Battery cycle count 3 ?

udflyer

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Is that normal?

It came charged only 33% so I assume it was at 2 and my charge made it 3.

Is that normal?

Picked up from Apple Store (Note: they price match 10% off no questions asked).

A little surprised it still came with high sierra.
 

LogicalApex

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I wouldn't see why not. I don't remember checking my new MBP cycle count out of the box, but I'd imagine 1 or 2 since I'd hope they would test charging the battery before putting it in the box!
 

treekram

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I just picked up my 15" 2018 MBP today from a retailer (not Apple). I charged it before I started using it (don't know it's original charge level) and it now has 2 cycles. My recollection of posts here on macrumors (may not be 100% reliable) is that a low cycle count > 0 is not unusual.

I also had High Sierra. Using the serial # decoding in this article (be sure to carefully follow the decoding instructions), my MBP was manufactured mid-October 2018, which is 2+ weeks after the introduction of Mojave, so I don't know why I didn't get Mojave. Maybe the SSD's are flashed before final assembly and they can't bother re-doing it - just speculation on my part. No big deal.
https://beetstech.com/blog/decode-meaning-behind-apple-serial-number

The 4th character of your serial number should be "X" (manufactured 2nd half 2018).
The 5th character denotes the week of the 2nd half of 2018 it was manufactured. The base of the week is 1, so 1 is the first week of the 2nd half of 2018.

Code:
5th char: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 C  D  F  G  H  J  K  L  M  N  P  Q  R  T  V  W  X  Y
week:     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
 
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unglued

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I think yours is normal. When I first powered up my new 15" 2018 MBP (purchased from Adorama) I took screenshots of everything before I wiped the drive clean to reinstall macOS Mojave, I recall mine was charged in the 90% range. I checked a screenshot and it shows the following straight out of the box on first power up:

Charge Remaining (mAh): 7057
Fully Charged: No
Charging: Yes
Fully Charged Capacity (mAh): 7368
Cycle count: 2
 

randomgeeza

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Is that normal?

It came charged only 33% so I assume it was at 2 and my charge made it 3.

Is that normal?

Picked up from Apple Store (Note: they price match 10% off no questions asked).

A little surprised it still came with high sierra.
I've had a few new MBP's, and each time the cycle count has been above 0 but less than 4.

On querying this with an Apple Store representative they confirmed that it is due to post-manufacture pre-sale testing.
 

udflyer

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Well, I returned it today for another reason.

I noticed above my "return key" the metal was all scratch and there was a warp/dent about 1/8 of an inch.

I decided not to get a replacement as I rethink options
 
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