The increased wear on SSDs wasn’t the only problem faced by Mac users with the M1 chip. Apple M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro owners complain massively about the rapid decrease in maximum battery capacity. Reddit Readers were the first to sound the alarm, and many of them had battery wear of 2% and even more in just 11 full charge cycles. Considering that when the battery capacity drops to 80%, Apple is already replacing the MacBook battery under warranty. The problem may be even more serious than with the wear of the SSD. <- Here is how you can evaluate yours!
In just a few months, battery capacity drops by 5% or more.
Reviews about MacBook on M1
Every Apple laptop battery has a degree of wear and tear, at which point the computer no longer holds a charge for sufficient time. This usually happens when the battery capacity drops below 80%, but usually not earlier than after several years of active use of the MacBook. However, in the case of a Mac on M1, according to user reviews, battery wear can occur much earlier – in just a few months.
For example, this is what the maximum battery capacity of a MacBook Air M1 looks like after 34 full charge cycles. The laptop is only 2 months old, and the battery wear is already over 4%.
Again, MacBook Air’s battery on M1, 34 cycles, and the maximum battery capacity dropped by 4%.
This is clearly not a coincidence.
The same picture for the MacBook Air M1 owner of AppleInsider. In his case, it’s even worse, 2% wear in just 11 charges.
At this rate, battery maintenance will be required in a year.
And there are a lot of such reviews. According to the diagnostic utilities, the MacBook’s battery’s capacity is literally disappearing before our eyes.
It is noteworthy that, apparently, the problem affected not only the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro on M1 but also the models with Intel processors. For example, MacBook Air 2020 on Intel after 100 cycles (for 9 months of use).
My 2020 MacBook Pro on Intel also suffered – 74 cycles, the laptop is less than a year old, and already almost 15% wear batteries.
We interviewed several more MacBook Air and MacBook Pro users, and only in one case (MacBook Pro M1), the battery capacity remained at 100% in 11 cycles – in fact, as it should be.
This is how the residual capacity should be even after a few months.
It’s no surprise that the problem affects not only M1-based MacBooks but other 2020 Apple laptops as well since Apple probably installs the same batteries in these models. This means that a factory defect of batteries is quite possible.
How to Check MacBook Battery Wear?
There are several ways to find out the status of your laptop battery. In newer versions of macOS, you can go to Settings – Battery – Battery status. However, only two options are available here:
- “Normal” – the battery is in good order;
- “Service Recommended” means the battery has less retention than when it was new or performed abnormally.
With standard macOS tools, Apple does not fully diagnose the battery. You can only find out the number of cycles in the “System Report” menu. It is much more convenient to use special utilities for this, especially since most of them are free – For example, coconutBattery.
coconutBattery will give you all the information about the battery. Here are my 85%!
Here you can see the residual capacity of the battery under Design Capacity and the number of charging cycles (Cycle Count), battery condition, date of manufacture of the notebook, and the battery itself. Also, in coconutBattery, you can diagnose the iPhone and iPad battery, but since the remaining capacity has recently been indicted in the iOS settings, this is not necessary.
I contacted Apple support on this issue, where they told me that the company provides a free MacBook battery replacement within the warranty period if the capacity falls below 80%. Apparently, I will soon visit the service center since the utility is already showing 85%.
There are suggestions that the utility itself may incorrectly show the battery status, so I checked the remaining capacity using the application iStat Menus, the indicators are the same. Apparently, the batteries of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 2020, including the M1, do indeed have some defects. Check your battery status with the utility above and share in the comments- how much you use your MacBook and its residual capacity.