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    Apple accused of lying about MacBook battery life


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    Not that I'm a fan of anything Apple does, but I'm wondering if these complainers aren't leaving their laptops in sleep mode rather than shutting them down. By default, MacOS's sleep mode keeps the RAM powered and perhaps there's an efficiency issue with that on the platform.

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    Lol. I'll get the popcorn.
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    The headline misses the best part:

    "“Apple promises up to 30 days standby time for the MacBook, but complaints posted online indicate that… users are only getting between 10 and 15 days,” stated the report."
    What kind of computer do you not use for 10 days?? Are people expecting to go on a 15 day hike in the mountains, turn on the computer, and magically restore the OS to where it was when you left home??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon_R View Post
    The headline misses the best part:



    What kind of computer do you not use for 10 days?? Are people expecting to go on a 15 day hike in the mountains, turn on the computer, and magically restore the OS to where it was when you left home??
    The only battery number that's important to me is how long I can run on a full charge before I need to plug in again... Just checked, on current usage that would be seven hours and four minutes.

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    With both machines running High Sierra, I can close the lid on my old MB Air (mid 2013) and only lose 1 or 2 percent over 4 or 5 days. Overnight though, it will lose nothing.

    But I lose 2 or 3 percent overnight on my new one (2017) or about 5% over 24 hours.

    So the new one won't last 30 days but the old one would go much longer. Sure they are different specs, but they are in sleep mode so I'd expect much of a muchness. Maybe different battery manufacturers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg0205 View Post
    The only battery number that's important to me is how long I can run on a full charge before I need to plug in again... Just checked, on current usage that would be seven hours and four minutes.
    What battery app do you use? Coconut Battery doesn't give a lot of info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spizz View Post
    What battery app do you use? Coconut Battery doesn't give a lot of info.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/batt...20214373?mt=12

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    Excellent, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spizz View Post
    Excellent, thanks.
    No worries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spizz View Post
    What battery app do you use? Coconut Battery doesn't give a lot of info.
    I think it gives plenty of info. More than I'll ever need on a regular basis.

    Including time remaining.

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    Not sure why apple removed that from the battery indicator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwana View Post
    I think it gives plenty of info. More than I'll ever need on a regular basis.

    Including time remaining.

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    Not sure why apple removed that from the battery indicator.
    People thought it was a lot more accurate than it is, which might have caused problems with people thinking their devices were cooked when it suddenly went from 5 hours to 2 hours because someone opened Chrome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwana View Post
    I think it gives plenty of info. More than I'll ever need on a regular basis.

    Including time remaining.

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    Not sure why apple removed that from the battery indicator.
    I must be half blind, couldn't see that bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn View Post
    Not that I'm a fan of anything Apple does, but I'm wondering if these complainers aren't leaving their laptops in sleep mode rather than shutting them down. By default, MacOS's sleep mode keeps the RAM powered and perhaps there's an efficiency issue with that on the platform.
    That is exactly what Apple is punting as standby time, being in sleep mode (hibernation really).

    But the claimed figure would be from a 100% battery.

    I wonder if these people run it down to 10 percent and then expect 30 days from it.

    I've never actually measured but have left my Macbooks in sleep mode for weeks on end without a problem.

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