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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RE: Sounds worse on the surface
by laffer1 on Thu 15th Dec 2016 00:43 UTC in reply to "Sounds worse on the surface"
laffer1
Member since:
2007-11-09

Well I've always assumed it was based on current usage patterns and not accurate. However, on older Macs I used to use the estimate to decide if I needed to turn down the display brightness or cut back on power hungry tasks so that I could make it until I could get to a power outlet. This was extremely useful when I was an undergrad.

For me, it's just the latest thing apple has taken away from us. I'm getting real tired of that.

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REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

came to post the same thing,

I knew that the numbers it gave me were estimated but i knew if i carried on using my MacBook Air with my current work load i had 1 hour'ish or 2 hours'ish etc..

Im really annoyed they took this out, if anything put in some text "estimated" or an option to put it back in through the settings.

I did rely on this feature especially when traveling by train, like you say if the numbers started falling i would lower the brightness, i dont want to keep opening the activity monitor to the do the same.

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