Apple has issued a fix intended to address user complaints about battery life on its exceptionally long-awaited new range of MacBooks - by dumping the 'time remaining' indicator altogether.
Early adopters of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar have complained that the laptop's battery doesn't even come close to living up to Apple's "10-hour" claims.
"I've got my 15" MacBook Pro a few days ago and I'm pretty disappointed by its battery life. If I do nothing but very light web browsing in Safari and brightness around 50% I can get it to about 6 hours. But not even close to the 10 hours promised," one user posted on Reddit.
Another adds: "I've had the 13' w/ tb 8GB and 256 for a week now and I'm getting maybe 6 hrs. I use safari, xcode, and light web. Also lose like 6 per cent in 8 hrs in sleep mode, this is not good at all."
Don't fear! Apple has a solution! With the release of macOS 1012.2 on Tuesday, the firm has made the courageous move to ditch the 'time remaining' indicator from the status bar, which means if you're suffering from shoddy battery life, you'll no longer have a constant reminder.
As you'd expect, this hasn't gone down well with users. One moaned on Reddit: "That's ridiculous. I'm starting to get tired of the "you're holding it wrong" attitude apple has towards customers"
Another said: "Not gonna lie: really REALLY regretting this MBP purchase. This feels like the nVidia MBP shit show of a couple years ago."
However, Apple claims there's a logical reason behind the move. Speaking to The Loop, the firm explained that, given the different ways that MacBooks are used, the indicator can be inaccurate.
"Apple said 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," the report says.
The battery indicator hasn't been removed completely, as users can still access the 'time remaining' indicator via Apple's Activity Monitor utility.
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