Reports of the new MacBook Pro having battery issues are becoming more widespread but problems may now be extending to the GPU. Even our friend Jon Rettinger from TechnoBuffalo is having his share of battery issues. Jon claims to only be getting three hours of battery life with just simple web browsing and nothing more. He even took his new MacBook Pro to the Apple store for diagnostics and left with not much of an answer to his woes.
Reports of battery issues are becoming more widespread but at least one of our own readers has been experiencing not only battery problems but GPU problems. It seems the GPU problem is so bad it makes his MacBook Pro unusable, just take a look at his Tweet to me below.
— Jason (@jasonkidd) December 8, 2016
UPDATE (12/08/2016 12:12ET): Another user has reported GPU problems with his MacBook Pro, he returned it for a full refund.
— Tom McConnell (@TomMcConnell6) December 8, 2016
Apple is using a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro GPU — 450, 455, and 460 respectfully — on the 15″ Pro model. The GPU could be part of the problem with the battery issues as well since we haven’t heard about battery issues with the 13″ MacBook Pro, which has an integrated GPU. This is really frustrating for users who have paid upwards of $4000USD for these “pro” machines that are Apple’s flagship laptops.
Apple has yet to address any of this, which is the usual PR stance the company takes in these matters. Apple would rather not acknowledge any issues until there are enough complaints that will hurt its bottom line. My own $3900USD MacBook Pro is supposed to be here in a few weeks and I’ll be sure to be watching for these problems and report anything that may be wrong. There are plenty of Apple apologists out there from other publications so it’s important that users help spread the word about these issues by sharing our reports as well as Jon Rettinger’s and TechnoBuffalo. In the meantime, I am going to send Apple PR email in hopes I may hear something back we can report here.
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