MacOS Sierra Running Hotter than a Stove and Sucking the Battery Out of Creativity

I updated my MacBook 2011 yesterday to OS Sierra, Apple having dumped the “OSX” aura while thinking we needed Siri of all things on our laps as if we’re so incapacitated that we can’t type a query into Google—which of course is the whole point of having an inbuilt keyboard.

Well, had I my druthers, I’d seriously have held off this upgrade for two reasons

1. My MacBook is hotter than a serving of fish and chips in paper. I definitely wouldn’t want it on my lap and my tabletop is about to combust.

2. Battery life is simply non-existant. While typing I’ve lost 1% per minute. I’ve lost 82% of my battery in two hours.

It seems these are known issues but Apple long ago let the ball drop in my mind after dumping Mountain Lion—a superbly stable and lean OS.

So there’s my warning folks, unfortunately I’m not rolling back to Yosemite—it wasn’t anything to write home about either.

One improvement though. I am experiencing less Pinwheels of Death since updating. This is not simply due to the fact that the Pinwheel is now a Spinning Coloured Comet of Death (how appropriate) but all things given, my MacBook may now be a little bit more stable.

But without a battery, it’s kinda moot, no?

PS Typing this blog piece in one draft with a scant proof ate 15% of my battery. I’m now down to 10%. Apple needs to fix this fast … 9%.

© 2016 Adam Parker.

One thought on “MacOS Sierra Running Hotter than a Stove and Sucking the Battery Out of Creativity

  1. Ok, doing some research I found a task going haywire on my desktop called “photoanalysisd”. This is part of a new feature included with Sierra’s revised inbuilt Mac Photo App (once called iPhoto iterations ago) that now scans all photos on your hard drive and tries to identify faces for what Apple calls “clever” usage later. It can guzzle over 100% of CPU and should only operate when the Mac is connected to power—and should stop once all photos are initially scanned which can take hours and hours behind the scenes. So that’s one possible cause of massive battery drain, as I’ve a hunch it’s working when the Mac isn’t powered live too. And to think, we reckoned we’d built the computer decades ago, but if its not broken as they say.

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