June 10, 2013

Macbook Air Gets Major Battery Life Improvements, 13-Inch Model Now Tops Out at 12 Hours

Apple Macbook Air Pricing WWDC 2103Apple didn't just take the wraps off their new revolutionary Mac Pro mini-tower -- they also made some serious internal improvements to their Macbook Air line. While the Macbook Air has always fallen somewhere in the middle in terms of being a fully featured laptop and a beefier tablet, the new models certainly make a case for their existence based on battery life alone.

[Update]: Specs and pricing for the Macbook Airs from the Apple Store, which will both be available starting to day from Apple:

 

Even though battery life has never been leaps and bounds above a laptop (or tablet, for that matter), the new Airs are definitely carving space in the market for themselves by being unbelievably energy-efficient. Apple is touting 9 hours for the 11-inch model and 12 hours for the 13-inch model. This is quite a leap from the previous generation, and they are also claiming that you'll get 1o hours of battery life while watching videos with the 13-incher -- which is impressive.

Specs look to be getting a slight improvement, and the new Airs are also getting the faster 802.11ac WiFi cards:

Internals of Macbook Air at WWDC 2013

But the real benefit will be in battery life -- first what they're getting now:

And what they'll be getting in the new version:

 

Link: Macbook Air -- Apple Store

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6 Comments

Looks great but not revolutionary for a laptop. Sony new pro with sheet battery beats it and lenovo ceo just promised to beat this apple spec. Dis haswell all you want, its good times for laptop users.

June 10, 2013 at 3:52PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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jill breakinson

i'm getting one

June 10, 2013 at 4:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DIO

Damn, all I wanted was a new Retina MBP with these great battery specs.

June 10, 2013 at 4:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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It might be a while before you can get 13 hours of retina-powered visuals on a single charge. 2012's model still gets 5-6 hours of battery life and I'm thinking OSX Mavericks will help extend that a bit.

June 11, 2013 at 11:39AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Judging from the lack of comments here compared to the MacPro thread more people seem to spend time editing their projects than writing them. :-)

June 10, 2013 at 7:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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marklondon

My thinkpad still works fine for writing and editing small projects.

June 10, 2013 at 7:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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bob