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Apple will work with Consumer Reports following lack of recommendation

Apple has taken the position that there is no problem with the battery life of their new MacBooks. (Source: iFixit)
Apple has taken the position that there is no problem with the battery life of their new MacBooks. (Source: iFixit)
After Consumer Reports failed to recommend Apple's MacBooks for the first time in the history of the product line, Phil Schiller has tweeted that he is working with the consumer watchdog to find out more about their tests.
Douglas Black,

Earlier last week, Consumer Reports (CR) announced that for the first time ever, they could not recommend Apple's new MacBooks due to their dramatically varying battery life. Now, Apple's Senior Vice President Phil Schiller has tweeted to say that they're currently working with CR to pin down the issue.

CR's test of the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros involved browsing webpages with Safari. They found that the 13-inch model varied from 16, 12.75, and 3.75 hours for three trials, respectively. The 15-inch MacBook Pro showed results varying from 18.5 to 8 hours. CR noted that these weren't just fluke results; they had tested the notebooks repeatedly under the same conditions and with different browsers.

Schiller tweeted "results do not match our extensive lab tests or field data", so there's a chance this is a fluke error. CR has stated that if Apple updates its software to fix the battery life, they will conduct their tests again—something Apple surely desires.

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Douglas Black, 2016-12-25 (Update: 2016-12-25)
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