Haswell: out! "The single largest generation-to-generation battery life improvement"

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Jobsian, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57578193-92/intels-next-gen-haswell-chip-now-shipping-to-pc-makers/

    It has started to ship to manufacturers and Intel are going to release a statement later this week. Better battery life is the single most important thing I've been yearning for in 2013 MBAs.

    The full quote from Intel CEO: "The single largest generation-to-generation battery life improvement in Intel history".

    Very excited :D I wonder if by shipping to "major PC makers" they also include Apple...
  2. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    To allow Apple again, to sell us the new THINNEST, LIGHTEST notebook (with a smaller battery). :(

    Don't sell your 2012 just yet.
  3. macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    My worry as well. Don't leave the battery the same and get 10 hours, make it smaller and get the 6 hours. I don't need it thinner, I do want ipad length battery on a MacBook Air.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2010
    I am betting that Apple will probably be the first to get their hands on it. I am really looking forward to a Haswell MBA as a replacement for my C2Duo 2010 MBA.
  5. macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2013
    My question would be. Considering a similar configuration (equal Ram, storage and so on) to current 2012 MBA (say a 13 inch) how good would be the battery improvement? 2 hours-3?
  6. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2013
    Got my fingers crossed that the MacBooks get decent upgrade beyond just Haswell soon.
  7. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Just because Intel says there will be an XX% increase in battery life due to the Haswell chips, does not mean that every laptop will show exactly XX% increase.
  8. macrumors 68020

    Nov 3, 2008
    EXACTLY! There's no "thinnovation" in running out of battery when on the road. And it's not like anything out of Apple in the last 3 years was considered "thick" so most users would appreciate better battery life over thin bragging rights.

    That said, I dont think theyll change the air design yet so this may be good news for 2013 models.
  9. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    San Francisco
    Can't wait! Better battery life and better graphics are all I want from the MBA!
  10. macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2012
    how do you get the processor upgraded? take it to an apple store and have them do it?
  11. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    You don't. You buy a new MacBook Air.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2006
    Is the battery that bad on the MBA? I have a 2010 MBP and have never had a complaint about battery life. How do you use your Air?
  13. macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2013
    yup ;)
  14. macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2013
    This is great and all, but nothing to make me go out and sell my MBA 2012 and run and buy this.

    Like all model refreshes, we will just have to wait and see what Apple has up their sleeves this year.
  15. 2IS
    macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    Looking forward to it. I'm on a 2010 and due for an upgrade.
  16. macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    Not quite sure about that, mate. Thin is in! In fact, I took sandpaper to my MacBook Air to make it even THINNER than the MacBook Air!

    Now all the MacBook Air users at Starbuck's stare in envy at my MacBook Air!

    Don't you want to be envied???
  17. macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2012
    so how much does that cost total?
  18. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    Infinite amounts of money, because they can't and you can't. It is soldered to the logic board unless they replace that, which they won't. You have to buy a new computer.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    Intel is now saying there's a chipset bug that makes USB drives disconnect. Classic.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2009
    Montreal, Qc
    Source? I'd like to know more about it :)

    Probably will be fixed by a BIOS/Firmware update. I hope anyway :(
  21. 2IS
    macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    The USB bug has been a talked about issue for months now. Its limited to a specific subset of USB 3.0 flash drives as far as I'm aware.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    The New York Ti... I mean the opening post article. :)

    I'm impressed how they can go ahead with bugs and stepping issues in processors. It shows I don't really know how stuff works.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2009
    Montreal, Qc
    Thanks, I didn't think it was in the same article.

    Since I stopped building my own PC I've been out of the loop on the whole technical issue thing, and I don't miss it anyway, I was just curious! :)
  24. macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2002
    And Intel confirms that the bug does not cause corruption or data loss and only causes thumbdrives of the 3.0 SuperSpeed variety to disconnect on sleep. This already happens on my early 2008 MBP. I hope this does not delay Apple's release. It is hardly a showstopper bug.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2010
    same here. I still love my 2010, but the logical progression of a Haswell notebook is the sweet spot where I am willing to spend more money.


    You cannot upgrade the processor in a MBA. For me its pretty simple. Dump the 2010 Air to my daughter, give her Lenovo to my son, and I get the new Haswell MBA. :D


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