Developer Confirms OS X 10.8.1 Update Significantly Improves MacBook Battery Life

Developer Confirms OS X 10.8.1 Update Significantly Improves MacBook Battery Life

OS X 10.8.1 could give your MacBook another 4 hours of playtime.

When Apple released OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) back in July, one of the few things users complained about was its impact on MacBook battery life. The software seemingly contains a frustrating bug that causes some of Apple’s notebooks to lose around 38% of their normal charge.

Apple has been working on a fix that will be distributed with the OS X 10.8.1 update. And according to one registered developer who’s currently testing the beta, it significantly improves battery life by adding up to four hours.

“Until I installed 10.8.1, my MacBook was showing 4h:05m after a full charge,” he told Softpedia, referring to the amount of time his MacBook had before the battery needed charging again.

“After installing 10.8.1 it’s showing over 8h,” he said. “I’m now able to use my Mac throughout the day again without having to carry my charger.”

A handful of threads regarding the Mountain Lion battery life issue have been started on Apple’s Support Communities forum, one of which consists of over 80 pages and more than 1,200 replies at the time of writing this piece.

Apple reportedly had trouble locating the cause of the issue after Mountain Lion’s debut, and some reports claimed that the Cupertino company was even sending out questionnaires to early adopters in an effort to get to the bottom of it. It seems, however, that with OS X 10.8.1, the issue will finally be rectified.

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  • Wassal Al Malki

    there are others annoying bugs

    like the wallpaper reset to default upon restart
    apps reopen after restart even if they are quitted
    sound podcasting via airplay to apple TV sometimes doest work

  • totaji

    Yeah the reopening apps is annoying. Not that this update will help, but when is it coming?

  • BigLama

    i wanna know when it coming out? i dont mind carrying my charger to school, but it would be nice to NOT have to carry it with me.

  • jpaul

    So, what was the cause?! :-)

  • Irelandman

    So when does 10.8.1 come out?

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