Apple News & Updates: Some Users Report Serious Battery Issues With New Macbook Pro With Touch Bar

By Faye F. , Updated Dec 06, 2016 12:13 PM EST
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Several owners of Apple's Macbook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar are complaining on Apple support forums and other similar platforms like Reddit that they're not getting the expected battery life. 

While battery life always depends on how the laptop is used, some of the users point out they just got three to six hours of battery life even while fully charged and using various battery-saving methods. It's less than half of the expected 10 hours promised by Apple. While the new Macbook Pro with Touch Bar is objectively Apple's best laptop, it seems like a crucial issue with the battery life has been overlooked for select units. The issue seems to affect both 13-inch and 15-inch models, based on the complaints posted online.  

While it's not a widespread issue among Macbook Pro with Touch Bar users, Apple hasn't addressed it yet in an official capacity. But it's believed that Apple is already investigating the reports on what's causing the issue. It's not yet clear whether the issue is hardware or software-related, although some users suspect it has something to do with the Radeon graphics chip.  

For now, there are no fixes and users will either have to wait for Apple to release a patch or have their Macbook Pro with Touchbar replaced or refunded from the Apple store.  

The issue seems contained within an unlucky few as there are plenty of users who have chimed in and reported their perfectly-working Macbook Pro with Touch Bar, but it's better for it to be addressed officially and soon. Apple needs only to look at Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 battery issues on the potential hazards of having a critical issue affect a small number of users.  

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