Apple Drops Its Battery Life Estimate On Macs

Posted: Dec 15 2016, 10:00am CST | by , Updated: Dec 15 2016, 10:02am CST , in Apple


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Apple Drops Its Battery Life Estimate On Macs

We are already missing the feature.

Most of us don’t trust our laptop battery life estimate and that is even more common with the latest MacBook Pro owners. The battery life is claimed to run for 10 hours but that really depends on the running software at any given moment. Apple has devised a pretty simple solution for this problem. It has decided to get rid of the estimate altogether.

The latest release of macOS Sierra has completely removed the ‘time remaining’ display from the menu bar. That certainly isn’t good for those who depend on the estimate to decide on their charging schedule. It is reported that Apple has double checked the battery life on real world MacBook Pros and has confirmed that the batteries are working as supposed to.

The basic problem with the battery life stems from the modern nature of Intel processors. An OS has the ability to calculate battery life as per the current usage of the laptop. Now the Skylake based chips found in the Mac OS host rapidly changing power states. This means you may be getting a great battery life in practice but won’t be able to see it in the estimate if the processor is running at full power.

The update is also introducing other fixes and changes. It is also addressing a serious graphics bug and is clearer as to what you store when opting for iCloud syncing. This means you won’t be in for a surprise when you see your file disappearing from your documents.

The Bluetooth and Siri have also been improved. The update also gives a better Auto unlock experience and support for new installs of windows 7 and 8. Ignoring the battery life estimate removal this update gives you quite some reasons to update.

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