How badly does the battery life degrade with the 2012 Retina Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Starfyre, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. Starfyre macrumors 68020

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    Has anybody seen the advertised 7 hours of battery life drop significantly over a couple months? Thinking about getting a 13 incher for the battery life alone if its going to degrade by 1 or 2 hours over the course of a month or two.
     
  2. fs454 macrumors 65816

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    I don't think that happens. It gets better over the first 5-10 cycles and should remain solid for at least 600 cycles or a few years. Apple says it should take around 1000 cycles for the battery's total capacity to deplete to 75% of it original maximum. I think you'll get a solid whatever-it's-advertised-as for at least the first couple of years, if not more.

    My 2010 11" MacBook Air still lasts the advertised 5 hours, i've done 463 cycles and my battery's at 91% health.
     
  3. Xerotech macrumors 6502

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    Pretty much the same for me and I have a 2012 rMBP. I go through about 1-cycle every 3 days.
     
  4. Starfyre thread starter macrumors 68020

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  5. fs454 macrumors 65816

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    You can check by hitting the apple at the top left of the screen and then "About this Mac", then More Info, System Report and then under Power it should display the cycle count under the battery's information.

    Alternatively, you can download the iStat Pro dashboard widget which will display your current health percentage and your cycle count.
     

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