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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?

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Take Control Of iPad Or iPhone Screen Auto-Dim ‘Feature’ [iOS Tips]

Take Control Of iPad Or iPhone Screen Auto-Dim ‘Feature’ [iOS Tips]

Simple, yet effective.

iOS has a lot of great features, some of which are focused on preserving as much battery life as possible. One of them is the Auto-Lock feature, which defaults to dimming the screen of your iOS device after a really short period of time.

This obviously helps preserve battery life, as the less the screen is on at full brightness, the longer you’ll be able to use it on a single charge. If you’d like to control this, though, and even turn it off fully, it’s a simple trip into the Settings App.

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Show Your Apple Wireless Accessories’ Battery Life In Your Mac’s Menu Bar With This Neat App

Show Your Apple Wireless Accessories’ Battery Life In Your Mac’s Menu Bar With This Neat App

Apple’s wireless accessories are great at conserving battery life… so great, in fact, that when they suddenly run out of juice, it can be a shock to the system, since you never knew they were hard up for electricity to begin with.

On a Mac, it’s fairly complicated to see battery life on your connected devices through System Preferences, but wouldn’t it be great if you could check them out in your menu bar, just like your Mac’s remaining battery life? Thanks to Battery Status, you can.

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This Simple Terminal Command Could More Than Double Your Retina MacBook Pro’s Battery Life

This Simple Terminal Command Could More Than Double Your Retina MacBook Pro’s Battery Life

If your Retina MacBook Pro isn’t delivering the battery life you expected, try this simple fix.

Is your Retina MacBook Pro seeing less than half the seven hours of battery life that Apple promised you? Well, this may not be because you keep watching high-resolution videos over and over again on its Retina display (though that is certainly not helping). Instead, it could be thanks to a corrupt file created by Migration Assistant that needs removing with a simple terminal command.

Here’s how to do it and boost your Retina MacBook Pro’s battery life.

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The Battery In The Retina MacBook Pro Costs More Than Ever To Replace

The Battery In The Retina MacBook Pro Costs More Than Ever To Replace

The premium battery life in the new MacBook Pro comes at a premium.

If you’re in the market for a new MacBook Pro, particularly of the Retina display variety, expect to shell out a little more than usual for a new battery. Apple’s updated pricing list for MacBook battery replacements shows higher than ever battery costs.

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Tips And Tricks For Saving Battery Life On Your iPhone And iPad

Tips And Tricks For Saving Battery Life On Your iPhone And iPad

Red battery warning got you down?

Good battery life is essential for a mobile device to succeed in the post-PC era, and Apple’s iOS devices continue to pack upgraded internals and improved battery technology into every product iteration. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can use a handful of tips and tricks for conserving precious battery on the go. Many of the tips are pretty basic, but every little bit counts when you’re trying to make it through the day on one charge.

Here’s a roundup of tips and tricks for saving battery life on your favorite iOS device:

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New iPad Can Last For Over 25 Hours As LTE Personal Hotspot

New iPad Can Last For Over 25 Hours As LTE Personal Hotspot

The Verizon iPad will let you create a Personal Hotspot to share your LTE connection.

With all of the questions surrounding the new iPad’s battery life and heat temperatures, users will be comforted to learn that Apple’s latest tablet can serve as a mobile LTE hotspot for a staggering 25.3 hours. That means you could technically use your iPad’s Personal Hotspot feature for more than a day on a single charge.

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How To Make Siri Give Info About Your iPhone’s Battery Life [Jailbreak]

How To Make Siri Give Info About Your iPhone’s Battery Life [Jailbreak]

Never run out of precious battery life again.

Jailbreakers enjoy all kinds of cool Siri add-ons, and a tweak called BatteryLevelAE lets you use Apple’s digital assistant to give you helpful information about your iPhone’s battery life. In a world where we’re always on the go, keeping track of your iPhone’s battery can sometimes be the last thing on our minds. That’s why BatterLevelAE makes it easy for you — just ask Siri.

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Only 50% Of iPhone 4S Owners Say iOS 5.1 Has Improved Their Battery Life

Only 50% Of iPhone 4S Owners Say iOS 5.1 Has Improved Their Battery Life

Even under iOS 5.1 the iPhone 4S struggles to stay awake.

On Monday, we asked iPhone 4S readers how Apple’s latest iOS 5.1 software has impacted their battery life. The new handset is notoriously poor at staying alive for a whole day, but those pesky bugs affecting its battery life were, according to Apple, quashed in the recent software update.

Nearly 6,000 readers voted in our poll, and here are the results.

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Apple Is Working To Revolutionize Batteries In Time For LTE iPhone 5

Apple Is Working To Revolutionize Batteries In Time For LTE iPhone 5

Two of the reasons Apple’s iPhone is yet to adopt LTE connectivity is that existing LTE chips are just too large for the iPhone’s slender form factor, and they eat up so much power your new iPhone 4S wouldn’t even last the six hours that you currently get if it was hooked up to an LTE network.

However, a new Apple patent application reveals that the Cupertino company has already set about revolutionizing its batteries to make them thinner and more efficient — possibly making way for LTE connectivity in the iPhone 5.

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