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Apple’s New MacBook Pro Fails Consumer Reports Test

From Tech titan Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) new MacBook pro failed to receive the recommendation of Consumer Reports due to battery issues, marking the first time in history that one of its laptops hasn’t passed the popular test.

From Consumer Reports:

Apple launched a new series of MacBook Pro laptops this fall, and Consumer Reports’ labs have just finished evaluating them. The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance, but in terms of battery life, we found that the models varied dramatically from one trial to another.

As a result, these laptops are the first MacBooks not to receive recommended ratings from Consumer Reports.

Sporadic complaints about the battery life of the new MacBooks have been circulating since last month, soon after they were released. Apple launched new 13″ and 15″ versions of its flagship mobile PC to mixed fanfare. Some users lauded the high-end version of the laptop’s new Touch Bar, while others found little use for it and don’t see it as a compelling reason to upgrade.

They say there’s a first time for everything, and this dubious distinction for Apple will likely be met with a statement from the company soon — and perhaps a limited recall for users experiencing battery problems. For now, all the company is saying is this: “Any customer who has a question about their Mac or its operation should contact AppleCare.”

Apple shares in Friday morning trading. Year-to-date, AAPL has gained 10.41%, matching the return of the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.


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