Intel Haswell and 20 Hr battery life

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by hss1, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. hss1, Sep 2, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2012

    hss1 macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2009
    I have just been talking to a intel senior sales manager in the UK who has advised me that once intel launches Haswell chip to expect ultrabook s like the Macbook Air to have at least 20 hour battery life!!!

    He advised me intel have prototypes in the lab achieving this already as the processsors can consume up 20x less power than ivy bridge
  2. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
  3. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    The processor for the next MBA is a Dual Core processor. That means that 20h are unrealistic. A Quad Core processor is more energy efficient.
  4. daveishere macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2008
    seems a bit farfetched.

    I've heard a lot of good things about haswell, a lot of them being around a 10-hour battery life for '12 MBAirs.

    However, one thing to keep in mind is the processor in a laptop is not the only thing that requires power. The logic board, USB-powered devices, SSD's etc will all require the same amount of power.
  5. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Oooops, it's the TRANSMETA claim all over again.
  6. Cynicalone macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2008
    Okie land
    10 hours maybe without a "Retina" display. But 20 hours no I don't think so.
  7. polee macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
    Wirelessly posted

    I still have a Fujitsu with a transmeta chip and it's sloooooooooow. Lol.
  8. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    And it would be vintage Apple to keep the 5-7 hour battery life but with Retina Display on the Air.
  9. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    20 hours wirh an ARM chip maybe, but no way an x86 derivative ever gets that.
  10. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    Years of experience buying Mac & Windows laptops each time a new CPU comes out, have proven the highly optimistic claims of more speed & battery life usually don't materialize for the end user. Small improvements, but rarely anything like they claim.
  11. Lunchb0x8 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2010
    Aberglasslyn, NSW, AU
    The problem is, no manufacturers care about letting you use a laptop / ultrabook for 12+ hours, they want you to have a lighter/thinner machine.

    My estimation is, while current batteries "may" be able to pull 20 hours of use with a new Haswell chip, Apple, ASUS etc will just make laptops with smaller batteries, maybe throw in dedicated graphics or ramp up storage (2 SSDs or something) so sadly, the new haswell chips will probably still give us 5-7 hours of usage, but with a bit more under the hood to work with.
  12. Ricanlegend macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    Just keep the MacBook pro 13inch the same size add the sharp IGZO display, take away the disc drive add a fuller batter taking the whole space without the disc drive and I can totally see 10 plus hours easily.
  13. Blackberryroid macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    Simply impossible. Probably up to 12 hours, but never 20.
  14. archurban macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    it is too good to be true. actually, controlling CPU to save more battery life is limited. it is all depending on physically how much battery has capacity to give a long life. 20 hours? NO. even cellphone, tablet, which are much longer than laptop, can only be closed to 10 hours (actually it's less than 10 hours). if we expect 20 hours, it will happen 5-10 years later barely.
  15. asting macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2012
    What? Perhaps I'm struggling to understand what you're saying due to the broken english, but are you suggesting that cell phones and tablets cannot get 20 hrs of battery? Depending on usage, my cell phone can go a few days (and it's an overclocked Galaxy S2 with a giant battery sapping screen). I have tablets that can do 10 hours pretty easily too (nook color with CyanogenMod).
  16. Orange Furball macrumors 65816

    Orange Furball

    May 18, 2012
    Scranton, PA, USA

    This isn't normal, usually I get 21-22 hours, but its more than 10 still.

    Please do research before giving out false information.
  17. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    I get 18+ hours with 2010 C2D/Coolbook combo... see attached...

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  18. Glockron macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2012
    BS. Any mac says that the instant you wake it from a full charge... Give it five minutes.

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