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Are Apple Mac Battery Concerns A Thing Of The Past?

Are Apple Mac Battery Concerns A Thing Of The Past?

After several years with no major updates to most of its computer lines, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is finally introducing its new Macs and MacBooks on Thursday.

It has been rumored the company will use terraced battery technology to assure longer battery life than existing MacBooks — certainly a much-needed upgrade, especially taking into account Apple batteries cannot be replaced by its users, like most other computers allow.

Current MacBooks may be pretty and fast, and even offer decent battery life, but are still lagging other computers in the latter field.

As per MacWorld tests, these are the actual battery life figures for early 2015 Mac computers:

  • 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro: 13:43 of iTunes movie playback or 5:56 of Peacekeeper web use (specs promise up to 12 and 10 hours, respectively).
  • 13-inch MacBook Air: 12:15 iTunes; 6:09 web (versus 12 hours each).
  • MacBook: 9:18 iTunes; 4:24 web (versus 10 and nine hours, correspondingly).

While these figures look quite impressive, other manufacturers are producing cheaper, smaller computers with longer battery lives.

Laptop Mag conducted another test comparing how long can diverse laptops continuously surf the web over wireless until battery is drained. Here’s the chart:

Laptop Name:


Starting Price:

Lenovo Thinkpad X260



Lenovo ThinkPad T460



Acer Aspire One Cloudbook (14-Inch)



MacBook Air (13-inch)



Dell Chromebook 13 - 7310



Microsoft Surface Book



Macbook Pro w/ Retina Display (13-inch)



Dell XPS 13 (non-touch)



Vaio Z



Lenovo 100s Chromebook



Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200A



Dell Latitude 15 3570



Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35



Source: Laptop Mag

Teradatariver arrived to a similar conclusion: MacBooks don’t offer the best battery life.

Source: teradatariver

Here’s another chart looking into battery life from a different perspective:


Disclosure: Javier Hasse holds no interest in any of the securities or entities mentioned above.

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