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Apple Inc. (AAPL) MacBook Pro Out of Consumer Reports’ Doghouse

Initial testing by Consumer Reports confirms an Apple claim that a Safari bug is to blame for poor MacBook Pro battery life

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The organization confirmed that when using Safari as instructed, MacBook Pro battery life hit expected levels.

“According to Apple, this last part of our testing is what triggered a bug in the company’s Safari browser. Indeed, when we turned the caching function back on as part of the research we did after publishing our initial findings, the three MacBooks we’d originally tested had consistently high battery life results.”

What Comes Next?

Consumer Reports’ statement is not yet a recommendation to buy a MacBook Pro. However, it has committed to officially retesting the laptop and Apple says it has fixed the Safari bug in its latest macOS developer release.

Apple will be watching closely to see how that bug fix performs in the wild as well. Many of its customers have also been complaining about disappointing and wildly varying battery life with the new MacBook Pro and since many of these users are software developers, it stands to reason they were affected by the same issue.

If Consumer Reports confirms MacBook Pro battery life delivers as advertised during its new round of testing, Apple’s flagship laptop should regain the coveted “recommended” buy rating. That would be good news for AAPL and would help it to start 2017 on a positive note.

As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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