Apple Latest News & Update: Consumer Reports Deals MacBook Pro 2016 Big Blow, Poor Battery Life Persists

By Snooky Grawls , Updated Dec 27, 2016 06:46 AM EST
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Consumer Reports, a group that has had a history reviewing Apple products, is not recommending the MacBook Pro 2016 and the reason is a familiar one – the poor battery life.
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The MacBook Pro 2016 was supposed to be Apple’s next big thing. However, wise consumers may want to consider getting other notebooks instead – especially if they want to get their money’s worth.

Consumer Reports, a group that has had a history reviewing Apple products, is not recommending the MacBook Pro 2016 and the reason is a familiar one – the poor battery life. Since it debuted, the MacBook Pro 2016 has been hit for the erratic life of its battery.

Consumer Reports conducted several tests on the latest MacBook Pro and such returned the same gripe that customers had been complaining about. Various testing showed inconsistent results. For example, one unit was good for 19.5 hours at its best but dropped dramatically to just 4.5 hours, CNN reported.

The thing here is that the fluctuation is rare and normally this should be only about 5 percent. Hence, the grades for the MacBook Pro 2016 line were as follows.

The 15-inch version got a 56 out of 100, 13-inch (with the new touch bar) 47, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with touch bar a 40. These were glaring drops from the MacBook Air, which got a 70 of 100.

The latest jab on the MacBook Pro 2016 battery is just one of many things that customers have been hitting out. The graphics display has been acting up while others have taken their swipes on the 16 GB RAM limit. Ironically, that RAM limit was implemented by Apple to reportedly make the notebook last longer, Mac Rumors reported.

While the intent is commendable, some have aired their concerns about the processing power the MacBook Pro 2016 can render. The chipset (Intel Skylake) is another one most are complaining about though that may all change in 2017.

The word out is that Apple will be releasing a new batch of MacBook Pros, now sporting an Intel Kaby Lake SoC. Stay tuned for more updates on the latest Apple laptops!

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