Intel just announced new chips that will let future MacBooks have practically infinite battery life

“You think those new Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros are beasts? Just wait a couple years,” John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac. “That’s when Apple will be able of releasing bleeding edge MacBooks capable of not only running for 24 hours on a single charge, but of recharging their cells as they run by sucking up the ambient light in the room around them. Wow.”

“At today’s Intel Developer’s Forum, Intel introduced its new Haswell architecture, and it’s a doozy of an update to current chips,” Brownlee reports. “Created using a 22 nanometer 3D transistor process, the first thing Haswell makes possible is ARM-like power consumption on an x86 chip. That means all day battery life, as well as ten days of connected standby.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]


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        But … thanks for not going full-on flame where such was not warranted.

      2. No, sorry “man” I think it is you are incorrect

        Graduate can be used as a verb without a subject (subject implied) -did he graduate- or informally as as a transitive verb -did she graduate college- or in the formal use you demonstrated -He graduated from high school.

        You might want to consult a dictionary before criticizing someone’s grammar.

  1. Oh, dear, it’s true. The best way to write a résumé is also the best way to fold a map: differently. The best time to take out a loan is when you don’t need it. The best time to get good value for your trade in is last month. The worst time to buy a computer is yesterday. The best time to buy a computer is tomorrow. You just have to grin and bear it, then do the best you can.

    Oh, the pain of life!

  2. “…recharging their cells as they run by sucking up the ambient light in the room around them”

    I was half-expecting to read “sucking up ambient heat”, as in the heat generated by the CPU, graphics chip, hard drives, etc. That would’ve been a neat trick, considering how hot my Macbook runs.

  3. How soon will this intel dream come? Seems Apple was only demanding this a few weeks ago… Now intel has the answers…. Congratulations and to think this is for laptops imagine what it shall do for cellphones ?

    1. They’ve been working on it for 10 years.

      They first announced it was coming back in May. Im betting the current market conditions pushed the development cycle into hyperdrive

  4. Apple wins either way.

    Either they can wait a couple of years and hopefully get ARM-like frugal power consumption on an Intel chip, or else they can use actual ARM chips any time they choose to.

    It will all depend on how well the chips deliver on their promises. It’s not at all unusual for promises and expectations to be ahead of what can actually be delivered, but Apple is able to jump either way.

    1. “or else they can use actual ARM chips any time they choose to.”

      No they can’t.

      There is no ARM chip (or even ARM technology based chip) that is even in the same league as the Sandy Bridge chips. Maybe in four or five years there will be an ARM based chip that is computationally equivalent to the Sandy Bridge chips of today. It’s just not even close to reality now — or even in the near future.

      No one will buy a Macbook Pro with the equivalent of today’s ARM computational power. No one!

      The next generatin Macbook Air might be able to run the next version of an ARM derivative (A6 chip?), but not today’s ARM chips. Even then (with the next generation ARM chip) the Air will take a significant hit in computational power.

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