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What!? Why does macbook only have a 7 hour battery now?


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I was just on the website and it says that macbook has 7 hour battery now. Why would they get rid of the 10 hour battery and put in place only a 7 hour one?? I noticed the pros only have 7 hour ones too now but at least the pros have all the new 2011 updates now whereas macbook is still the same as from last year. I dont get it.
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I was just on the website and it says that macbook has 7 hour battery now. Why would they get rid of the 10 hour battery and put in place only a 7 hour one?? I noticed the pros only have 7 hour ones too now but at least the pros have all the new 2011 updates now whereas macbook is still the same as from last year. I dont get it.
Is the measurement method the same, and fair to each?
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Same battery.... I believe that they are just giving more realistic figures based on user setting and practices.
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I highly doubt anything has changed other than the printed estimated specs. In a real world scenario there probably wasn't one MBP that was getting 10 hours out of a charge. My guess is they adjusted to reflect a more accurate battery life estimation.

The MacBook just received a fairly recent change, and there really needs to be an entry level machine for the average user that does not need the pro features.

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i never get more than 5.5 to 6 hours on my 09 with the wi-fi on.
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Getting anywhere near 7 hours of battery life while using the full processing power of these new MBP's is impossible..getting anywhere near that is amazing to begin with..

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I was just on the website and it says that macbook has 7 hour battery now. Why would they get rid of the 10 hour battery and put in place only a 7 hour one?? I noticed the pros only have 7 hour ones too now but at least the pros have all the new 2011 updates now whereas macbook is still the same as from last year. I dont get it.
Just the way it goes. The new MacBook Pros are more powerful...and probably use more energy.

It's sort of a "tug of war" between battery runtime & computing power. One year battery life gets longer as battery technology advances...the next year processing power advances & battery runtime is shorter.

Can't have it all...all of the time (long battery runtime AND fantastic computing power)!

If you need longer battery runtime...maybe get the previous MBP generation (prior to 2/24/11).

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Their add in the Apple Store online states time with wireless I bet if you go back that time
will not include wireless in the old adds.
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I was reading somewhere that the numbers were adjusted for real world usage. So now you'll actually get closer to the advertised amount.

This is a move in the right direction. More truth in advertising is always a good thing.


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It's the same battery as in the previous machines, and as others have said, just a new measurement and reporting standard that matches better to real world.
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Hi,

Not sure how this equates, but as an example my new Oct 2010 MacBook today has been running on battery connected to WiFi as of 2.00pm until now 10.30pm and still shows 45%, so 9 - 10 hours for me depending on how hard I run it.

Obviously I cant comment on the MBP.
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Kash is correct. I was reading the same and I believe when MacWorld does their review of the new machines, they'll mention it also.
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Well put it this way. Would you rather:

Expect 7 hours and get 7 hours. Then you know you got what was advertised.

Or would you see 10 advertised and only get 7. Same thing in reality. But you'd feel cheated cause they advertised something you didn't get.

And historically Apple are usually conservative (On the low side) with their estimates. Product sales, revenue earnings, brand popularity etc etc. The 10 hours though was more on the optimistic side and not really Apple. A conservative value of 7 hours is much more in line of the Apple way of doing things.
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