The new MacBooks Pro with Touch Bar were launched and, like all (?) The latest releases of the company, came with controversy. One of them has to do with battery, since their performance was well below expectations – at least in the estimated time that the operating system provided. How to solve the problem? Ending the estimate, why!
It sounds like a joke, right? But that is exactly what happened. Apple withdrew the remaining battery time estimate with the macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update claiming that the estimate was far from certain and confused more than it helped. That’s it: instead of working on a solution to make the estimate as close to reality as possible, the company chose the simplest path.
Although it did absolutely nothing to improve battery performance on macOS Sierra 10.12.2 (at least that’s what the company reported), many users reported a longer lifespan in the new version of the system – which may have to do with termination of routine tasks performed by the system after a large data transfer when a new machine is purchased (reindexing Spotlight, downloading / uploading images on a cloud service, among other things). In other words, the arrival of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 and this supposed improvement in the battery may have been just a coincidence.
Returning to the subject, at least it seems that Apple is not satisfied and tried to open interesting new jobs: Battery Algorithm Analysis Engineer (Battery Algorithm Analysis Engineer), System Power and Control Architect (Energy and System Control Architect) and Mr. Battery Test / Process Engineer (Process Engineer / Battery Test).
Here is the job description:
Battery Algorithm Analysis EngineerIn this role, you should check out advanced lithium-ion battery management technology through battery testing and data analysis. You will also be asked to create test plans and perform battery tests. You will be required to process test data to generate static and dynamic models, identify model parameters and implement various model-based algorithms on different test platforms to assess performance.
Energy and System Control ArchitectThe Apple architecture platform team is looking for a systems architect to develop, prototype and analyze the effectiveness and robustness of power control algorithms. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated individual who creatively explores solutions and uses oriented data analysis to evaluate prototype implementation. The architect will be part of a system, software and silicon development team focused on product and multifunctional.
Process Engineer / Battery TestIn this crucial role, you will be part of a new electrical test lab focused on internal battery testing. You will work directly with the testing team, warehouse team equipment and software teams with internal customers to optimize all aspects of lab operations to improve efficiency, quality and production.
Apensar of the beautiful timing, it is difficult to know if these slots are really related to the problems of the new MacBooks Pro and the decision to withdraw the battery time estimate in macOS Sierra 10.12.2. Anyway, it shows that we will possibly see improvements in this regard in the not too distant future.