Apple MacBook Pro Battery Issues Not A Problem Anymore With Consumer Reports; Apple’s Software Update Fixes Safari Bug

Consumer Reports (CR), that had found unexpected disparities in battery performance of Apple MacBook Pros, has now taken a U-turn after Apple updated the laptops’ software. The update that is now in beta will soon be part of a broad update. CR has retested the batteries of the three laptops, and the MacBook Pros reportedly gave 18.75 hours on a charge. The batteries were tested multiple times following the same protocol.

According to Consumer Reports, since it has factored in new battery-life measurements, the Apple MacBook Pros’ overall scores have risen and all the three are now well within the recommended range in CR ratings. Those who are not aware of the issue, CR tested three MacBook Pros that included two 13-inch models (one with Apple Touch Bar and the other without it) and one 15-inch model. The results were unsatisfying and CR published a report not recommending the laptops to consumers.

Since the software upgrade, the average battery life results are 15.75 hours, 18.75 hours, and 17.25 hours. The upgraded software has been made available for now via Apple’s Beta Software Program though it will be rolled out to every user in coming weeks. Apple reportedly found the battery issue being caused by a Safari bug that the software update has removed. If any user wants to download the software update immediately, he would have to enroll in the company’s Beta Program.

“Consumer Reports has now finished retesting the battery life on Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptops, and our results show that a software update released by Apple on January 9 fixed problems we’d encountered in earlier testing,” the report reads.

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CNET, however, did not find any battery issue in its many tests with the Apple MacBook Pros. However, despite these reports many complaints have come from users who have experienced rapid fast battery drainage. Stay tuned on Mobile & Apps for more updates on the Apple MacBook Pro battery issues.