Macbook Pro Gets Recommendation From Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports, one of the most important sites in North America when it comes to reviews of products, last month for the first time ever, did not recommend an Apple laptop due to battery problems. After some hard work and a patch, Apple has been able to regain the trust of the consumer website and has received an endorsement for their new MacBook Pro models.
The problem turned out to be not with the new MacBook Pro itself, but rather with a bug in Safari which caused erratic readings when testing the battery life of the new machines. Apple and Consumer Reports worked together on finding out the cause for the inconsistent readings, which turned out to be some bad code in the latest beta of macOS.
After this discovery, Apple was quick to fix the bug through a small patch and invited Consumer Reports to test the new machines again. This time they passed the review team’s rigorous testing with flying colors (one model survived almost 19 hours without needing to be charged) and were given their coveted recommendation, though, as you can read in our review, not everyone would agree over the quality of the new MacBook Pro.
The bug fix will be released through Cupertino’s Apple Beta Software Program, though it’s unlikely most consumers will encounter it as it only shows up if, on your MacBook Pro, you run Safari in developer mode with cache turned off. Consumer Reports defended their odd choice of settings by saying that it was the best way to ensure that all laptops they review are tested under the same circumstances, to better inform the public.
Battery life has always been a huge selling point for Apple’s range of products and many potential consumers will likely be pleased to know that the new MacBook Pro does not disappoint in this regard.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.