When Apple announced the new line of MacBook Air computers at WWDC, the big selling point was battery. The company claimed that they had improved the 13-inch model’s battery to 12 hours, and the first thing that came to my mind is, I’ll have to see it to believe it. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one that was skeptical about the new claims, and according to the first round of reviews posted around the web, the battery life is actually even better than the Cupertino company claims.
Below is an excerpt from The Verge’s review discussing the battery life of the new Air:
13 hours and 29 minutes. That’s all you really need to know — that’s how long the new MacBook Air running Safari lasted running The Verge Battery Test, which cycles through a series of websites and images at 65 percent brightness. Run time in Chrome was shorter, at 11 hours and 29 minutes, but both are still ridiculously impressive. In fact, it’s the record for a laptop running our test without an external battery.
PC Magazine also got an impressive 15.5 hours out of the battery on the 13-inch model, which is 3.5 hours over the advertised life. These impressive numbers are due to the new Haswell chips by Intel which are much more battery-friendly than previous chips.
If you have your hands on a new MacBook Air, drop a comment below and let us know what you think about the new battery improvements (and the rest of the computer)!