Take OS X Mavericks and the new line of MacBook Air models as an example. What would you expect in a new MacBook Air? Lighter, faster, more powerful, longer battery life? That’s exactly what’s there, but it’s longer battery life that users really want.
All Day Computing
One of the unheralded advantages of the iPad is the all day battery life. 10 hours. If you use the device for a few hours a day, it’s not likely to need recharging for days.
Enter the newest OS X for the Mac, Mavericks. Apple pulled out every trick possible to reduce power consumption yet provide good performance.
The new MacBook Air line has faster CPUs, faster graphics, faster flash storage, faster Wi-Fi, and does it all on less power.
Less power? How is that possible? Here’s the secret sauce which will continue the MacBook Air as Apple’s best seller. The 11-inch model goes to nine hours of battery life, nearly double the previous line. The 13-inch model is rated at 12 hours, up from seven.
I’d say that’s pretty much all day, but because Apple can tie in OS X to the hardware, users get the maximum power for the longest time period.
Externally, there’s not much different to look at. Internally, it’s just not the same MacBook Air.
Apple says it’s up to 45-percent faster, wakes up faster, and has double the flash storage capacity.
The Air still uses Intel graphics but even these are battery sippers, and still faster than anything in a similar package.
Thunderbolt is there, but not Thunderbolt 2, though it comes with dual USB 3 ports. The built-in iSight camera is still 720p, but it does have dual microphones. Wherefore art thou, Retina display?
Alas, no Retina display at the low end of the Mac line but there is a back-lit keyboard. Is Apple holding back on the MacBook Air line by not dropping in Thunderbolt 2 or a Retina display?