Every now and again Apple will do something that seems to make sense but doesn’t really because it changes what we’re already used to. Take the MacBook Pro. Now it has a context and app sensitive Touch Bar with cool features.
Touch Bar replaced the Function keys with hardly anyone uses. Now MacBook Pro users complain about the Touch Bar which they’re not forced to use. Go figure. Likewise, last year Apple killed the Time Remaining option in the Mac’s Menubar battery indicator. Anybody got a problem with that?
View To A Kill
The battery indicator for the MacBook line of Macs wasn’t exactly a brain twister. The solid battery icon would drain as the battery drained and you’d be forced to guess how much battery life remained. Or, you could turn on the option to display the percentage of battery life remaining.
Remember, it was just a guesstimate. Nobody really paid much attention until Apple changed something. The Menubar battery icon also had the option to display approximately how much time remained on the battery’s charge.
Yes, usage varied by Mac user, so nobody sued Apple is the 3:37 remaining actually dropped to 3:12, or went to 3:51. Everybody but Apple knew it was an approximate time, and it didn’t matter any more than the percentage of battery juice remaining. But Apple said, “Goodbye, Time Remaining” and so it was gone.
Now it’s back and it’s free.
Enter Simple Battery Monitor which lets you see more than what you could see before. It displays Time Remaining, Charge Percentage, and Battery Status.
What is not to like? Simple Battery Monitor displays what is happening to the battery (usually being discharged), the Time Remaining, and the Percent Remaining.
Click the Menubar icon and you get even more.
Simple Battery Monitor also makes it easy to see the entire battery cycle count (each battery has a limit for full charge cycles). Plus, there’s one click access to System Preferences for various energy saving options, and my favorite, the battery shaming list in Activity Monitor so you can see per-app battery consumption.
Again, what’s not to like? Simple Battery Montitor does the deed and it’s free.