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Intel Claims Haswell Silicon Will Provide 50% Longer Battery Life In Laptops

IDG News Service’s Agam Shah says that Intel’s upcoming family of Core processors, code-named Haswell, will offer 50% more battery life in laptops than did their “Ivy Bridge” Core i predecessors, according to Rani Borkar, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group commenting in a media briefing last Thursday.

Ms. Borkar noted that Haswell chips have been designed with laptops and tablets in mind, with the main engineering focus on lowering power consumption, but that longer battery life won’t come with a cost to performance, and that in idle or standby mode battery life will be extended by up to 20 times.

New Macs’ Enhanced WiFi Performance Will Be Wasted On Most Users

So says Motley Fool blogger Evan Niu, noting that next month, Apple is expected to unveil upgraded Macs, most likely in the form of new MacBook revisions with bumped internal specs but no major external changes.

Niu says internal improvements may include Broadcom’s newest Wi-Fi combo chips to support the newest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, that offers theoretical maximum speeds of 1,000 megabits per second, or Mbps.

However, Niu observes that the new speed capability will largely go to waste, since the average American’s Internet speed is approximately 6 Mbps, according to Google’s estimates.

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