Apple Makes Battery Life The New Killer Laptop Tech Spec

CNET’s Brooke Crothers says that thanks to Apple’s newest MacBook Air, all-day battery life has become the sine qua non of any new thin and light laptop worth its salt.

Crothers observes that rumors of Apple losing its innovative edge are greatly exaggerated if it can take a two-and-half-year-old design and turn it into one of today’s hottest laptops. That would be the 2013 MacBook Air.

He notes that while the previous Ivy Bridge 13-inch Air ran for 7 hours and 27 minutes in CNET Reviews’ video playback battery drain test, “the 2013 version blows that out of the water, with an astonishing 14 hours and 25 minutes on the same test.”

Crothers observes that in the U.S. the new MacBook Air is crushing the thin-and-light Windows Ultrabook competition, none of which matches it for battery runtime.

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