Apple took a hit after Consumer Reports refused to give the new MacBook Pro its recommendation. This marks the first time that a MacBook failed to get a recommendation from the popular product reviewer.
Apple's latest set of laptops scored low ratings with Consumer Reports mainly due to their batteries. According to its report, the battery life of the devices "varied dramatically" from use to use.
"The MacBook pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial 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 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."
Consumer Reports stressed that they did a number of tests and the ones cited above are just a few of them. They also said that battery life of a laptop does vary from test to test and they usually get the average of all results to get the score. But with the MacBook Pro, the results were so far apart that it was impossible to use the average as a basis for the device's actual battery life.
The issues with the MacBook Pro's battery are not new. A number of reports gradually trickled in regarding the poor battery life of the latest Apple products.
In fact, a number of Mac Rumors forum members and even reporters from Business Insider and The Verge voiced their disappointment when their MacBooks lasted for hours way below what was promised y the company.
On a positive note, the new MacBook Pro laptops did well in terms of display quality and performance.
Consumer Reports is a non-profit organization that reviews a vast range of products including cars, home appliances, food products, garments, gadgets, and a lot more.