Apple removes the ‘Time Remaining’ feature that estimates battery life in new MacOS update. Yes, the company is ditching the time remaining estimate that shows up when you click the battery icon in the status bar of the MacBook. The change is being made in the newest version of MacOS Sierra 10.12.2, which hit the Mac App Store today.
Apple Is Removing The 'Time Remaining' Battery Life Estimates On MacBook Pro
According to TechCrunch, Apple today is rolling out an update to MacOS Sierra that addresses several problems with the MacBook Pro computers. This update will fix issues including the graphics problems on late-2016 MacBook Pro computers. Plus, in response to reported battery life concerns on these devices, Apple will now remove the "time remaining" display from the menu bar pull-down on the Mac, noting it was an inaccurate representation of how much battery life is left.
Battery Issues In MacBook Pro
As reported by 9to5Mac, there has been a lot of confusion over battery life estimates on the new 2016 MacBook Pros. Some were reporting estimates lower than expected via the MacOS battery life status menu which offered an on the fly prediction of remaining juice, but there was a clear misunderstanding about how the feature worked.
Apple promises a ceiling of about 10 hours of use with the new laptops, but many reviewers — including The Verge — had a hard time replicating that performance. Editor Jake Kastrenakes had so much trouble getting the 13-inch version to regularly eclipse six hours of battery life that Apple sent another MacBook Pro in hopes that there was an issue with the first unit. There wasn’t.
Apple said to The Loop, the percentage is accurate, but because of the dynamic ways we use the computer, the time remaining indicator couldn't accurately keep up with what users were doing. Everything we do on the MacBook affects battery life in different ways and not having an accurate indicator is confusing. So it will be better to remove the Time Remaining feature of the MacBook Pro for the users not to rely on it.