MacBook/MacBook Pro Battery Life Tips

So I’ve finally bitten the Apple, and I got myself a Macbook Pro. I wouldn’t say I’ve “switched,” because I plan on installing Windows XP with Bootcamp soon. One of the reasons I hated my previous laptop was its truly terrible battery life, even when it was new. I didn’t realize that batteries suffer what is commonly referred to as a “memory effect” (in reality, voltage depression), that can essentially be overcome by allowing the battery to discharge and cycle. With a Macbook Pro, use the following instructions:

  • Fully charge your MacBook/MacBook Pro.
  • Once fully charged, leave it plugged in for at least another 2 hours.
  • Remove the MagSafe power adapter, and use your computer until you get the battery level warning message.
  • Ignore that message and keep working.
  • Eventually the machine will go to sleep.
  • Do NOT plug it in. Instead, let it sleep for at least 5 hours.
  • After the time has passed, plug it back in, and let it fully charge.
  • Once fully charged, your battery has been properly calibrated.

High temperatures can also decrease a battery’s life span, so keep your laptop well-ventilated during use, and don’t put it in any ovens, ever.

Watch out, Safari users!

Apple Safari vulnerable to multiple attacks:

Safari users may be subject to crashes or interactions with an attacker’s malicious site, according to a warning posted on Tuesday on BugTraq .Researcher Juan Pablo Lopez Yacubian is credited with finding multiple vulnerabilities in Apple Safari 3.1.1 for Windows. Other versions of Safari may also be affected.