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.