Apple has removed the battery life estimate on Macbooks with its latest macOS update. The change seems to have been made to address complaints about the battery life on the 2016 Macbook Pro, which were falling short of the 10 hours that were promised.
Macbook users noted that they were seeing between three and six hours of battery life, but that wasn’t quite the issue that was addressed by Apple with this update. Instead, this is aimed at users who were using the battery estimate to figure out when they would need to start looking for a power socket.
Unfortunately, this update doesn’t quite resolve the battery problem. All it does is force people to be more vigilant about their Macbook use.
In all fairness to Apple, estimating battery usage is not easy with Intel’s newer processors. These CPUs have dynamic power draw and adjust how much power they need based on what the user is currently doing.
One other thing that the new macOS update does fix is the graphics issues that affected some Macbook Pros. It was speculated that there could have been some hardware issues that caused screen flickering and tearing; but it looks like that it was simply a driver issue.