touch bar vs no touch bar battery size

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  1. ghanwani, Oct 28, 2016
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    ghanwani macrumors 6502a

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    It looks like the no-touch-bar rMBP has a battery that has 10% more capacity than the touch-bar rMBP. Yet they both advertise the same battery life (10 hours).

    Any idea why the non touch bar one needed a bigger battery?

    Edit: Answer is in Post #4.
     
  2. Spink10 Suspended

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    They make the non touch bar one eat power so you will buy the more expensive one!
     
  3. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK, I found a professional talking about this:
    http://arstechnica.com/apple/2016/1...-pro-and-how-apples-t1-bridges-arm-and-intel/
    I would be curious to see tests once reviewers get their hands on the touch bar model.
     
  4. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I found more information that used side-by-side tests.

    https://www.engadget.com/2016/11/14/macbook-pro-review-2016/
    So the no-touch-bar model actually has 15-20% more life. I think that kind of settles it for me as to which one to get.

    [I've been waiting for an MR post with a collection of reviews...where is that??]
     
  5. deepdishstar macrumors newbie

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    Two points.

    1. The non-touch bar didn't need a bigger battery, but since they had the extra space they chose to use it for that.
    2. The advertised battery life is the same on both for marketing reasons. In practice the battery life is longer on the lower end model.
     

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