Apple has rolled out the macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update for all compatible MacBooks. The update, among other fixes, removes the 'time remaining' battery life indicator on all 2016 MacBook Pro models and others that are compatible with the update.
Post the release of 2016 MacBook Pro models, users expressed confusion over the device's battery indicator. Some reported that though the battery percentage was high, it did not accurately display the time remaining for the device to shut down. Few users said the battery life on the PC was as low as three hours.
While many thought this could be a hardware flaw indicating there may be a problem with the laptop's battery, Apple has cleared that there is no such issue. Post this macOS update, the battery icon on the menu bar will show the remaining battery percentage, but will not provide estimates on how long the MacBook Pro's battery will last.
"The percentage is accurate, but because of the dynamic ways we use the computer, the time remaining indicator couldn't accurately keep up with what users were doing. Everything we do on the MacBook affects battery life in different ways and not having an accurate indicator is confusing," the company told The Loop.
The company remains firm that extensive usage of graphic heavy applications and multitasking may exhaust the battery. The case is more for those who may be using apps that are not optimised for the new MacBook Pro. Apple maintains that there is no hardware issue with the device.
The macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update also has new emojis, wallpapers, fixes for graphics, Auto Unlock for Apple Watch, and more. It also improves audio quality when users communicate over FaceTime, use Siri or are on their Bluetooth headphones.