New Mac User

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Woojun912, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. Woojun912 macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2012
    I'm a new mac user. Just got a 13" Macbook Pro Late 2011/Early 2012 model for school this year, I'm a pre-med student who just surfs the web, checks e-mail, chatting on iChat/Msn/Skype, Youtube, uploading recorded videos with my phone and uploading pictures, watching netflix and listening to music/movies. That's pretty much all I do.
    Once school starts, this laptop will be going to classes with me for note taking.

    I was wondering about the battery life, I read on the apple site that you must charge it up to 2 hours or more when you first purchase then remove the charger, let it drain until it shuts off itself. Rest over 5 hours and charge it up again. So I did that last night, now my count cycle is 1. No matter how much I read about the battery cycle, I don't get it. Can someone explain this to me? :confused:
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You didn't read that on the Apple site. Those are the steps for calibrating a battery and Apple never says you should calibrate it when you first buy your Mac. For models that require calibration, they recommend doing so during the first week you own it, but not when you first purchase it.

    Also, the built-in batteries in the newer Mac unibody notebooks come pre-calibrated and do not require regular calibration like the removable batteries. Which means you don't need to calibrate your battery at all.

    This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions, including what a cycle is:
    Also, you may have better success in attracting responses to your thread, and you'll make your thread easier to find for those browsing the forum for the same answers, if you follow this tip.

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