Should I Shut Down or Enter Sleep Mode On My rMBP When Going To Sleep?

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  1. macNewbie02, Jul 23, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2012

    macNewbie02 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    There is really no difference except if you sleep it, it comes online much faster. I always put mine to sleep and only shutdown if I need to unplug it for some reason. I've been doing this for years and never had a problem.
  3. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    Well, it seems that there are some graphical artifacting issues happening with the rMBP. So perhaps a shutdown is better if that is being seen it all.
  4. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    the only time I "shut down" is to restart in windows. My MBAs current uptime is 4 days.
  5. devman macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    ? - whether in sleep or shutdown the display is off.
  6. Pared3s macrumors regular

    May 14, 2010
    If it's the graphical artifacting I'm seeing(static like image) then that occurs for me after waking up from sleep. It goes away immediately though.
  7. Prof. macrumors 601


    Aug 17, 2007
    It's all about personal preference. I turn my MacBook Pro off every night, but leave it on all day. I know plenty of people who've had their MacBooks turned on for 2+ years (the only time they turn it off is when they reboot for an update).
  8. marddin macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    After waking up my retina from sleep I get a blue screen flicker/glitch then resumes as normal. Only after waking from sleep though it's weird.
  9. TibookAktive macrumors member

    May 27, 2010
    I've had every iteration of Apple's pro laptops since the Titanium Powerbook G4 back in 2001 and I've simply let them sleep whenever I'm not using them. I can probably count on my hands the amount of times I've fully shut them down over the years. In summary, no need to shutdown they work fine in sleep mode and you have the added benefit of near instant wake on re-opening (especially on the rMBP!).
  10. TLewis macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2007
    left coast, US
    With the rMBP (and recent MBAs), there may be an issue if you sleep while not connected to AC: the rMBP may not enter standby after an hour if (1) anything is connected to the USB ports, (2) an SD card is inserted, (3) a bluetooth device is currently paired, or (4) you have an external display attached. The rMBP will use up significantly more battery if it cannot enter standby. See Apple's support doc for details:
  11. eron macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    Definitely shut down if it's going to be left alone for more than 24 hrs. Save some electricity.

    Restarting allows the computer to clear its cache. So it's useful if have been using some memory intensive apps, or multiple apps. Restart at least every few days if it's not shutdown.

    When ML comes, it's going to have auto-update in sleep, forgot the term for it. Pretty cool.
  12. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    i shut it down every night, because it boots in like 10seconds...
    but during the day i just close it when not needed.
  13. zerotiu macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    I personally keep using sleep because I will use it 2-4 hours after that. I've been doing for all computers I've worked with. Shutdown is still needed when you want to flush memory cache, when I can't stand the lag anymore

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