Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro Range Fail To Earn Consumer Reports’ Battery Test Recommendations

It’s undeniable that Apple’s new MacBook Pros has failed to consume a purchase recommendations from Consumer Reports due to battery life issues that were encountered during testing period. Battery life reportedly “varied dramatically” from on trail to another. Here’s everything you need to know about the issue and how Apple working to pin down inconsistent 2016 MacBook Pro battery test results and much more.


On December 22nd, Consumer Reports claimed that it could not recommend the MacBook Pro – a first for a macOS Sierra running Mac laptop. Because, it caused a stir! Reason explained was simple; it got widely unpredictable battery test results every time it tried to test multiple versions of the notebook. Although its testing is one that’s very much common across the industry, loading up web pages one after another:

For the battery test, we download a series of 10 web pages sequentially, starting with the battery fully charged, and ending when the laptop shuts down. The web pages are stored on a server in our lab, and transmitted over a WiFi network set up specifically for this purpose. We conduct our battery tests using the computer’s default browser—Safari, in the case of the MacBook Pro laptops.

According to the report that actually covers the new MacBook Pro, the system is the first of Apple’s MacBooks machine that has not received a Consumer Reports recommendations. With that said, the MacBook Pro battery life results were highly unstable from one trail to the next.

For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in the next. And the numbers for the 15-inch laptop ranged from 18.5 down to 8 hours.

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Following the reports statement, it says that a laptop’s battery generally varies by less than five percent from test to test, but because of the “desperate figures” found inside the MacBook Pro test, an average battery life consumers might expect to see could not be determined.

Reason why Consumer Reports have used the lowest battery score, which relatively prevented the MacBook Pro from getting a better recommendation. The report also reads this “Consumer Reports finds that all three MacBook Pro laptops fail to meet our standards for recommended models“.

Whether or not the truth of the improper battery results some are seeing on the MacBook Pro comes down to flawed tests, flawed software, or even flawed hardware is unfortunately not something we can really say right now. Some customers who bought a 2016 MacBook Pro has began complaining about the ongoing battery life issues with the hardware shortly after purchasing, which extremely led Apple to remove the “Time Remaining” battery life estimate in the firmware version of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update.

In that case, after removing the indicator didn’t fix the battery drain problems, but some other tweaks may have been implemented at the same time, as there have been reports regarding better battery life following the update. Claims by Apple on its own internal testing has seen the MacBook Pro performing up to the company’s standards, providing up to 10 hours of life when watching iTunes Movies or browsing the web.

However Apple declined to provide any comment on Consumer Reports statement, but had this to say: “Any customer who has a question about their Mac or its operation should contact AppleCare.”

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