MacBook Pro Owners Claim Touch Bar Battery Life Problems

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Some MacBook Pro users say they are getting far less battery life than they expected on Touch Bar models. MacRumors rounded up user complaints, with many suggesting that their laptops last between three and six hours on a charge.


"I bought a maxed out 13-inch Touch Bar model and I've been using it for about a week." Wrote MacRumors forum member Aioriya said. "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."

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One user says that browsing in Chrome and powering an external monitor gets him or her to three hours. On Reddit, Azr-79 said they got 3 hours and 45 minutes while coding, watching YouTube videos and browsing the web.

In our testing, the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar doesn't last as long as the model without the bar. The former model lasted for 8 hours and 46 minutes, but the latter endured for 9:50. On its website, Apple says the MacBook Pro gets "up to 10 hours" of battery life.

We've reached out to Apple to see if it knows about user issues and will update this story if we receive a response.

[via MacRumors]


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  • Michael Oz Says:

    MacBook Pro 2016 13 Inch 3.3GHz with touch bar, 1TB, 16GB RAM. 3 hrs 10 minutes battery life using only web browser (brightness turned low, keyboard illumination low, bluetooth off). Agree - only bad thing so far... but what terrible performance!!!

  • Rasmus Rosengreen Says:

    My 2 days old macbook pro 13" with touch bar and iOS newest beta can run for 5 hours in "desktop" mode with nothing running and around 3-4 hours when writing notes in a pages document.

    I LOOVE this Mac, but holy christ this is bugging me.
    Also, anyone else who can't wake it up from sleep when it has been closed for a few minutes and "hypernates"? I have to press to on / off til It restarts the system.
    Also, eventhoug the computer gets a little hot (50-55*) the fans are still not being used? Is that normal? My old MacBook Air never did any of these things :S

  • Jon K Says:

    I have had my MacBook Pro 15-inch for 2 weeks. While simply reviewing with PDF documents in Preview, my battery last roughly 3 hours at most. That is ridiculous.

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