After initially giving Apple’s latest MacBook Pro a rating of “Do Not Recommend,” Consumer Reports has reversed course. The website provided an update on Thursday saying it now recommends the laptop after retesting the laptop’s battery life.
When Consumer Reports first evaluated Apple’s new laptop in December, testers found battery life to be poor (similar to a lot of other reports). This prevented the website from recommending the new device, although it received strong scores in other categories.
Thanks to a recent software update, which is currently in beta, battery life has improved dramatically, according to Consumer Reports, besting even Apple’s own 10-hour estimates in certain situations.
Consumer Reports says all three models fall well within its recommended range.
The three MacBook Pros in our labs include two 13-inch models, one with Apple’s new Touch Bar and one without the Touch Bar; and a 15-inch model. (All 15-inch MacBook Pros come with the Touch Bar.) The new average battery-life results are, in order, 15.75 hours, 18.75 hours, and 17.25 hours. We bought the three computers at retail, as we do with other products rated by Consumer Reports, to ensure that we are testing the same models a consumer would buy.
That’s a dramatic increase
Of course, battery life always depends on what you’re doing, so don’t expect to match the findings revealed by Consumer Reports exactly. We experienced similar battery issues, as noted in our review, so we’ll update as necessary if we notice any significant changes.
You can test out the latest macOS beta by signing up for Apple’s beta software program. If you’re uncomfortable using beta software on your main machine, you can wait until the consumer release hits, which should be any day now.