Battery time with 10.6.3

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nph, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. nph
    macrumors 6502a

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    Did you notice any improved battery time from 10.6.3?
    I rolled back to Leopard after I noticed a difference in battery time, about 20-30 minutes.
    So I am curious if 10.6.3 improved it again since they seem to have optimized some drivers in it.

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors 601

    Scottsdale

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    I haven't noticed any improved battery life in 10.6.3. However, I have noticed much cooler operating temps and better video performance. Basically, OpenGL is running twice as well as it did before 10.6.3 on Snow Leopard. I am still getting about four hours with display turned down and Bluetooth off. Someone else mentioned possibly better battery life between charges, but I specifically checked it twice and noticed about the same battery as before 10.6.3. I didn't notice any difference between Leopard and Snow Leopard before 10.6.3 other than OpenGL being terrible in Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard premiered a 30%+ drop in OpenGL from Leopard to Snow Leopard 10.6, 10.6.1, and 10.6.2.

    If anything, 10.6.3 is a huge step in the right direction, but I don't know that it means better battery... in any way.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

    nukiduz

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    How much time are you getting with, say, half brightness, wifi ON, some light web surfing and word processing?
     

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