Some users even claim to be getting as little as 3-6 hours of battery life. Previous MacBooks were very well-known for having excellent battery life, often well exceeding 7 hours with regular usage.

New owners took to popular Mac-based sight MacRumors to help bring light to the issue.

“I bought a maxed out 13-inch Touch Bar model and I’ve been using it for about a week. With light use, I’ve been consistently getting around 5-6.5 hours when mainly browsing. Apple claims 10 hours wireless web but my battery has never lasted this long.” – Aioriya

Multiple users captured screen shots of the battery performing far less optimal than expected and promised from Apple.



These significant draws in battery have been noticed in what is often considered light usage, meaning browsing, word processing, development, etc. Users who get this kind of battery life are not doing very strenuous tasks such as HD rendering of videos or gaming.

Battery life complaints are nothing new following the launch of a new Apple product. However, some users speculate battery life could be impacted by the new MacBook Pro switching from more efficient integrated Intel graphics to the power-hungrier dedicated AMD Radeon Pro GPU for unnecessary tasks.

It’s not unclear just how much battery power the new touchbar uses.

Apple describes how it gets its estimated battery rating below.

The wireless web test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing 25 popular websites with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The iTunes movie playback test measures battery life by playing back HD 1080p content with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The standby test measures battery life by allowing a system, connected to a wireless network and signed in to an iCloud account, to enter standby mode with Safari and Mail applications launched and all system settings left at default.

One user summed up the new MacBook Pro in one perfect comment.


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