Reason for Flash player not being installed? 33% of the battery's life.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mynameisadam, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. macrumors member


    Jan 1, 2009
    Google it. "Macbook air flash player decreases battery life".

    Disappointed apple, was almost going to spend my hard earned money until I stumbled upon this. This just makes the macbook air a luxury product.
  2. macrumors demi-god

    Oct 14, 2005
    Virginia Beach
    Who doesn't run a blocker for ads, esp. flash-based ads?
  3. rkb
    macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Install "clicktoflash" problem is no more :apple:
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2009
    I don't have issues and I have installed Flash. I don't buy the BS about Flash being all that bad, just like anything interactive, it requires a bit of processing to run. Still get 7+ hours easily on my MBA, and I run Firefox which is a bit of a hog at times too.
  5. macrumors demi-god

    Oct 14, 2005
    Virginia Beach
    I agree. The way I use my computer, Flash doesn't noticeably cause any battery problems.

    Then again, unlike the Arstechnica battery test the OPs "google these words" article refers to, I don't sit at my computer doing nothing but surfing (in multiple tabs) to web pages that have Flash ads until my battery dies. :D

    That being said, if there really is an issue with the 11.6" model where the CPU is needlessly staying high with Flash going, then I hope someone can quickly figure out if it's an Adobe issue with their Flash player, or an OS X issue, and whoever's responsible can fix it.

    I just don't understand the OP's "this makes the Air a luxury product" comment. This forum is full of posts from real people who have been using both Airs for the last two weeks, and short battery life isn't something you hear about frequently.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2010
    I could see the point of the complaint if the battery life being quoted by Apple was based on flash not being installed, rather than real world use with flash active.

    i.e. that the removal of flash from standard installation was to try and get a quart out of a pint pot

    Thing is it isn't based on that; you can hit Apples claimed battery times during general browsing with flash installed and active, you just get more than Apples claimed times with it deactivated.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2004
    It is a bit silly to refer to is as BS. It's a simple as tracking the CPU Load of your computer when playing flash. You'll see that it demands a lot more of your machine than both Silverlight and HTML5 video. This show that it is a lot worse than it needs to be, whether that makes it "all that bad" I don't know...

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