Design constraints restricted Apple to use high-capacity batteries on the new MacBook Pro

Apple was planning to cram in higher-capacity batteries that were shaped to precisely fit to the inside the chassis of the new notebook.

Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup this year with a slimmer design and a unique Touch Bar. We haven't taken the new machine for a test run but according to early reviews one huge disappointment is the battery life. MacBooks have been known to have a longer and way more sturdy battery when compared to Windows notebooks.

The reason for a weaker battery on the new MacBooks been revealed via a report by Bloomberg. Apparently Apple was planning to cram in higher-capacity batteries that were shaped to precisely fit to the inside the chassis of the new notebook. However the design failed a key test.  This made Apple go with an older battery design.

According to the Verge, the new MacBook Pro, especially the Touch Bar models, offer lower capacity than the battery inside last year’s MacBook Pro. This was possibly to keep weight and space in check. They offer a five to six hour battery backup instaed of the claimed 10 hours.

Apple has also said to have utilised less design resources for the production of Macs in recent years. It also pulled out engineers from macOS which no longer has a dedicated development team. These changes were to redirect resources to the decelopment of iPhone, iPad, and iOS.

Just yesterday we heard Apple CEO, Tim Cook reassuring employees that Macs were still a point fo focus and that "great desktops” were on the way.

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