OS X 10.8.1 Shows Small Battery Life Improvements, Sometimes

OS X 10.8.1 Shows Small Battery Life Improvements, Sometimes

Now that OS X 10.8.1 is here, has battery life really improved, as rumored? The Mac Observer did some tests, and the answer is… sometimes?

They found that a 2011 MacBook Pro got about 52 minutes more battery life under OS X 10.8.1 than it did under OS X 10.8, but that’s still 78 minutes (!) less than they got under OS X 10.7.4. Retina MacBook Pro battery life has actually degraded in OS X 10.8.1, though, dropping 13 minutes.

That might just be a fluke, but I have to admit, I haven’t noticed any battery improvements in OS X 10.8.1 on my 2012 MacBook Air. How about you?

  • tomp

    with more than 10 years of experience as a software engineer, there’s no ‘somtimes’ word in the bug-fixing dictionary. ‘Sometimes’ means the root of the cause is still ambiguous so the mentioned test done by The Mac Observer is useless.

  • zoomos

    The battery life on my iMac has stayed about the same ;)

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