This basically invalidates anything Consumer Reports does, test, or publishes in the future. Possibly in the past too. They knowingly changed settings that would not reflect an actual user's configuration, and deceitfully posted fraudulent results.If that's how they operate I have no interest in any other opinion they have to offer on any product.
I think CR's rationale for turing of cacheing is perfectly reasonable:
I think CR's rationale for turing of cacheing is perfectly reasonable: Not really. Real world usage usually involves visiting one's favorite websites over and over during the day where caching is a big advantage. Some people probably visit Facebook a hundred times a day.CR needs to develop better simulations.
My take on Consumer Reports is they always seemed biased towards Window's machines over Apple. I just thought it was because they were engineers and a lot of engineers don't usually like Apple products for a variety of reasons. Mainly, b/c they can't "tinker" with Apple products the way they can with Windows boxes. Oh well.
I think CR's rationale for turing of cacheing is perfectly reasonable: http://www.consumerreports.org/apple/apple-releases-fix-to-macbook-pros-in-response-to-consumer-reports-battery-test-results/I don't think anybody did anything wrong here -- neither Apple nor CR -- and both are handling it appropriately.
Here's the setting I think they are talking about. Would be good to know why CR turned it on. Probably to simulate real usage of the user visiting different websites. Need more info on this icon bug they are talking about to understand why it affected it, doesn't even say what icons they are talking about. I suppose if the icon bug caused 100% cpu use then yeh that would be a serious problem.
QuoteIf Apple updates its software in a way that the company claims
will substantively change battery performance, we will conduct fresh
tests," the original report said.IF is the problem. CR could just as equally say, "Nope, we don't think Apple has done anything that will change our results. We stand by our results."The CR tests should be repeatable by anyone who chooses to perform them. If their original 'test steps' didn't state that they'd disabled the browser cache then CR deserve to get an awful lot of flack.Software and System testing is all about repeatability. AFAIK, the CR results were anything but that.
Typical Consumer Reports. They're not much different than other publications that benefit from click-bait headlines. I would love to see the average age of their readers, because I'm guessing they're in the 55+ age bracket. These are people who haven't figured out how to Google for product reviews.
Remember, guys, their testing consists of visiting a series of web sites over and over until the battery dies. If that were my approach, I would definitely disable the cache.
Fixed??? I think not! Let me share my experience that I went through:friday 11:25 (the 6th):On Friday I got to the Apple Store at 11:30 with no appointment. I was sent there by AppleCare due to the extreme nature of my problem with my new laptop just 15 days old. I walked in with a fully charged battery. 100% AND stopped an employee so I'd have a witness. I went because three nights in a row I took my laptop, bought my other half dinner at 6:45 then stayed to work till he got off at 10pm. So I worked from 7pm till 10. Three nights in a row my computer went from 100% to 1% by 10pm (actually 2 hours and 56 minutes to be exact). The odd thing is on Monday night I got in line at 2:00pm for a movie premier. By 4:57pm after leaving the house 100% it was 1% and I barely was able to save my work to my iPhone. Then it shut down. My first reaction? "I swear this was 100%. Maybe I'm on acid and trippin' ". LOL In all 4 situactions I did not have WIFI or electricity so those options were not turned on. I also tried "graphics switching on" for 2 of the days, then "graphics switching off" the other two days. No improvement and it didn't get worse either. So now it's Friday morning and at the apple store ... as I mentioned above. AppleCare sent me with no appointment. They made me wait for over two hours. That's ok. In this case that was a GOOD thing. I started logging in my battery drain using my iPhone. Check this out. Here's my battery while I waited:11:35. 100%11:48. 92%12:01. 83%12:08. 79%12;27. 66%12:46 52%12:57. 46%1:11. 38%1:18. 33%1:27. 27%1:34. 21%1:44. 15%WOW! So here's the thing: although we installed all our software on this Machine we only ran 2 apps and both were optimized for the touch bar modelDJay 1.4.2iTunes 12.5.4That's it. This was to make sure we weren't running non optimized software. (I'm a beta tester for Apple so I went in to "beta tester" mode.). By limiting what I was using it helped control the experiment. One thing to note: the ONLY reason I installed my beta account was because with the golden master it shipped with I had serious graphics issues. Obviously this machine was shipped without a human launching it because it happened right after launching. Everyone EXCEPT Stevie Wonder and Helen Keller could have seen it. I barely got the beta installed because of the problems but once installed I've not had one graphic issue since. Thars good news I guess?So at the Apple Store while waiting the 2 hours I had iTunes open (files installed on computer no iCloud or internet) to see my playlists, but I was using DJay to test my crossfades on 350+ songs for an upcoming event. I returned the unit through the online store the Genius Bar was not authorized to do anything except send it out for repairs r?? 17 days old out for repair?? When i returned it not only did I leave EVERYTHING installed, and an authorization agreeing to them using it this way (I have nothing to hide) I also sent the above letter and this statement:"I'm including this info because if I was receiving this laptop I would want to know these things that were done and the particulars to help diagnose the battery issue. Screen dimmed to 12 clicksWIFI turned off and unavailable Only two software titles running everPretty basic. Hope this helps! Call me if you need clarification"now apple claims safari caused it. HELLO? We never launched safari or mail or anything else only those two programs. So you can stop spreading the "all clear" signal Apple!
This setting is just to mimic a use case when the user is browsing different websites, and is completely fair since CR uses it across all laptops.