Lack of I/O on the 2016 MacBook Pro gets trumped by battery problems

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Apple managed to make the new MacBook Pro thinner but that also cut the battery size down as well.

In typical Apple fashion, the company couldn’t resist changing something to the extreme in the 2016 MacBook Pro, like ripping out legacy I/O ports. The 2016 MacBook Pro shed pretty much every legacy port being used in favor of USB Type-C/Thunderbolt 3 ready ports and the headphone jack. The lack of ports has been a recurring theme in many news reports and reviews but now the emaciated I/O options are the least of your worries.

Users are starting to pop up all over the internet complaining about the battery life on the 2016 MacBook Pro, which Apple advertises as 10 hours. Of course, battery life is going to depend on what you’re using your computer for. Running video editing software and photo editing software is going to significantly reduce your battery life, but this seems to be happening to users just doing basic tasks.

I just received my new 15″ MacBook Pro with touch bar. The battery life is horrible!!! I have Safari open with 6 tabs and with 95% battery, I am told that I have under 3 hours of battery life left! I thought these things were supposed to get 10 hours? I ran the battery down in 3 hours last night only browsing the web. I wasn’t watching videos, just browsing. Is there something wrong with my laptop?

Our MacBook Pro 15″ is slated to be delivered to us in a few weeks so we cannot verify the complaints of poor battery life. Apple managed to make the new MacBook Pro thinner but that also cut the battery size down as a result. Apple’s logic was that the Intel Skylake CPU’s run much more efficiently but we wonder if they took into account the new display which is much brighter and has a wider color gamut. No one knows for sure what is causing the poor battery life but we’re reaching out to Apple for comment on this story and will update you if we get a response.

Do you own the new MacBook Pro? What is battery life like for you? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

  Source: ZDNet
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