In case you didn’t notice yesterday, Apple didn’t say, oh, anything about the expected battery life for the new MacBook Pro, the successor to the PowerBook line. Steve Jobs talked a lot about the new Intel processor, about Performance Per Watt, about the new MagSafe power connector, but didn’t say a word about the expected battery life of the new Macs.
So, being the cheeky monkey that I am, I went over to the Apple booth where they had the MacBook Pro’s all in a line. I patiently waited my turn to play with one, and when I got up there and the gal looked away, I went to the battery indicator in the menubar and changed it so it would show the battery life in time. As it was calculating (you know how long that goes), I unplugged the MagSafe power connector and started looking at it closely, turned the MBP around so I could look at the side, and started asking questions about how it connected, blah, blah, blah.
When I noticed that the battery indicator had numbers next to it, I looked up and saw that it had a little over 4 hours of battery life left. So I asked the gal if that’s all it had, and she said, and I roughly quote, “These are pre-production models, so we’re not commenting on battery life.” So I asked again: “Will the MacBook Pro give me better battery life than my TiBook does?” Again, her response was, “We cannot comment on battery life.”
Realizing that this was a dead issue, I let it go and turned to playing around with iLife ’06’s iWeb for a minute or two, then thanked her for letting me test out the new machine and I walked away.
I really hope Apple can squeeze a couple more hours into those batteries, because at only 4 hours of life with a full charge, it still forces me to carry around a power cable wherever I go, and I really hate having to do that. Can’t we get a laptop that has 6-8 hours of battery life?
Oh, and one more thing on these…
…regardless of what the battery life might be with the pre-production models, I still really want one.
How important is battery life to you, and why?