MacBook Pro battery life??

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by smdewart, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. smdewart macrumors newbie

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    I noticed that the Apple website makes no mention of the new MacBook Pro's battery life. I also found no mention of it while skimming the Keynote video. Anyone have any information or ideas...? It'd be great if it's improved over previous PB models...
     
  2. shambolic macrumors regular

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    In one of the other threads here, someone called up Apple and was quoted 5.5 hours. I believe MacTruck's figure comes from a report over at arstechnica.com - they took the power cable out of a MacBook Pro on display at MacWorld, waited a short while and watched the battery estimate in the menu bar.

    Ultimately, it'll take some time for the real world numbers to come in, so if it's a dealbreaker for you, I'd hold off on buying just yet. It's definitely suspicious that Apple chose not to give out that information in the technical specs. With battery life, no news tends to be bad news.
     
  3. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    I have a theory on this:

    Anyone who has ever used a portable computer probably knows that the brightness level you have the display to makes a HUGE difference in the battery life. Apple announced yesterday that the MacBook Pro is 67% brighter than the PowerBook G4. What does this mean? At full brightness, the battery life is probably a fair amount shorter than the 5.5 hours that the PowerBook G4 has, but if you turn down the brightness I'm sure that the battery life is comparable.
     
  4. After G macrumors 68000

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    Actually, I heard they didn't wait, so that 3h might be a bit off.

    Plus:

    * unoptimized software
    * pre-production hardware
    * etc.
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Your argument is really interesting. I know that, although my battery is aging, if I go to minimal screen brightness, and turn off wireless, my iBook can still do close to four hours (it originally got about 4-4.5 without taking those measures, but no longer does).

    Mmmm, I'm not so sure that the extra brightness doesn't come from electrical or optical efficiency gains. I don't think the brighter laptops get there merely by pushing more juice into the bulbs. I could be wrong, though. But what you said definitely has a flip side that is good. If the real world profile of this thing is comparable to the battery life of the existing PB's, then you can turn the brightness down, keep the same screen brightness, and get more life.

    Then again, I guess this thing would be quite fast even if one core were put to sleep. Now *THAT* could offer you some real power savings... I'd be curious to see how these things do when they're set to reduced processor performance. :)
     
  6. Phat_Pat macrumors 68000

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    a friend asked an apple rep today at macworld and he was told that they are still running tests and at this moment are unsure.

    i guess alot of people are asking
     
  7. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

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    i would say it would be near what the powerbook 14" is atm, think about it the cpu's use a lot less power now meaning they could brighten the screen or add more powerful gear
     
  8. tweakers_suck macrumors regular

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    MacBook Pro battery not removable?

    I was looking at the picture of the bottom the the MacBook Pro on 'What's Inside' page for the MBP. It looks like the battery is built in and not removable.

    Does anyone see the same thing that I do? Am I wrong? I zoomed in on the pic and only see a smooth brushed metal bottom.
     
  9. LGRW3919 macrumors regular

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    there is a 14" powerbook?
     
  10. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

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    A 17" Intel Centrino at 2.0 GHz in a Laptop with full brightness is a little over two hours...
     
  11. xy14 macrumors 6502

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    screw that! I'm not getting a macbook now if it doesn't let you replace the battery! Thats just stupid! What a way to get a windows laptop user to switch..

    bob: Well, what if the battery gets old after 2 years or so?
    joe: Well, you'll need to get a new computer or pay apple $350 for 3 years of Applecare.
    bob: So I can't just have a backup battery?
    joe: Nope.
    bob: Ya right, I'll keep my spyware computer before i get a computer that i cant unplug for 15 minutes without the battery dying.
     
  12. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    Dell's new Core Duo laptop is 17" and gets 3 hrs from a 55?wh battery. The MBP has a 15" screen and has a 65?wh battery. So doing simple math gestimations would come out to around 5-5.5hrs.
     
  13. tweakers_suck macrumors regular

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    I'm soooooo lame. What I thought was the bottom of the computer is really just the battery.

    Oooooopsy. My bad...

    :confused:
     
  14. Chundles macrumors G4

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    You mean this picture?
    [​IMG]

    That IS the battery.
     
  15. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Wow, someone suffers from a bit of premature speculation....

    The photo they are talking about is a picture of the removable battery.
     
  16. tweakers_suck macrumors regular

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    Yup, that's the pic.

    And I'm still lame:D
     
  17. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

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    i like the way apple does the batterys but its just got to many flaws, eg the 1 mm gap, why can they just go with the way every other companydoes and make a slot for it
     
  18. solvs macrumors 603

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    Don't believe everything you read. ;)
     

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