Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Dec 2016 20:19 UTC, submitted by Homer Simpson
Mac OS X

Apple clearly thinks the 'time remaining' estimates were causing more harm than good for users, so the new battery life status menu will now instead only show a percentage of remaining battery life, like on iOS devices, which should offer an accurate prediction. The change will be introduced for all in today's macOS update.

Apple claims that the reports of terrible battery on the new 15" MacBook Pro life are inaccurate, and in response, they removed the "time remaining" indicator.

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But won't replace it
by Auzy on Wed 14th Dec 2016 20:38 UTC
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Member since:
2008-01-20

But they likely won't replace it with a graph to help diagnose what's causing higher power usage, or with a way to easily identify which apps are consuming the most power.

That only makes the claims of 10hr battery life more suspicious

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RE: But won't replace it
by daveak on Wed 14th Dec 2016 21:16 in reply to "But won't replace it "
daveak Member since:
2008-12-29

No they won't replace it with a way to see what apps are using the most power because it already tells you, both in the battery drop down menu, and in activity monitor.

The 10 hours is not just a claim, it is a reality for the use case they state, web browsing. (I have one, one of the 10.12.2 betas fixed the battery problem)

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RE[2]: But won't replace it
by dpJudas on Thu 15th Dec 2016 02:08 in reply to "RE: But won't replace it "
dpJudas Member since:
2009-12-10

No they won't replace it with a way to see what apps are using the most power because it already tells you, both in the battery drop down menu, and in activity monitor.

Except, of course, that it doesn't always show what is using battery. I just had it update Xcode and during its "Installing.." phase the battery estimate dropped to little less than 3 hours. Yet, that list of apps using energy remained empty. As I'm typing this, the estimate has crawled back up to 7 hours.

The 10 hours is not just a claim, it is a reality for the use case they state, web browsing. (I have one, one of the 10.12.2 betas fixed the battery problem)

That sure depends on exactly what you do in that web browser! My Macbook Pro doesn't even get close to 10 hours when I use my browser to play music via youtube..

Anyhow, they gave me a real reason not to upgrade macOS on my computer. As there's virtually nothing of interest to me in the new version, I've been wondering for a while if I should upgrade it just to be on the latest. This change sealed the deal - no upgrading for me. I actually like seeing an estimate, even if its not very accurate.

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RE[2]: But won't replace it
by segedunum on Thu 15th Dec 2016 14:58 in reply to "RE: But won't replace it "
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

The time remaining indicator has never been a problem before..........

It might also be a good idea to upgrade how they calculate time remaining to make it more accurate.....

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RE: But won't replace it
by kristoph on Sun 18th Dec 2016 18:43 in reply to "But won't replace it "
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

There is some graphs in the activity monitor but honestly it's usually always the same.

Unless I am working with VM or running simulator my highest power using app is always Chrome.

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