Poor battery life in Macbook 12 2015 laptop

So you just bought yourself the mew shiny Apple Macbook 2015 laptop only to find out it has poor battery life. Apple claims that Macbook 12 has all day battery life but we have been receiving reports that it has less than stellar battery runtimes. So how would you improve Macbook 12 battery life the easy way? Here are few things you can do to make a huge difference.

Poor battery life in Macbook 12 2015 laptop

Improving Macbook 2015 battery life

* Use Safari as it is highly optimized to consume as little CPU resources within OS X as possible
* Make sure you install Adblock Plus extension in Safari to remove CPU tasking ads (especially animation and video based ads)
* Another nifty addon to improve Macbook 2015 battery life is to install ClickToFlash extension in Safari to prevent loading of resource hogging Flash animations. It is intelligent enough by not blocking HTML5 video instead.
* You should turn off Transparency. Do this by going into the Settings –> Accessibility –> Displays. I feel it is a needless eye candy.
– turn off the Bluetooth radio if it is not in use. Do this in Settings –> Bluetooth
– Make sure you have a decent WiFi connection. Do option-clicking on the Airport icon and confirm something stronger than -75 RSSI (e.g. -50 to -70).  A weaker wireless LAN network consumes more power.
– If you have a lot of apps installed, install iStat Menus to keep an eye on on which and what apps are eating the CPU resources.
– Once a month, run a maintenance app like Cocktail to optimize your operating system.

So there you go. The Macbook 2015 not only runs Parallels poorly but also has poor battery life. But you can try things

Macbook 12 2015 has poor Parallels performance

How does the Macbook 12 2015 runs windows 7 or windows 8 under Parallels? I got the 1.3 GHz model and the first thing I installed after getting Macbook 2015 is install windows 7 processional edition on it. I will be honest with you – it runs so-so. So the verdict is that if you are planning to run Windows, it is better to get Macbook Air i5 or i7 model as they have sufficient horsepower to run it.

macbook 2015 parallels performance

Macbook 2015 and Virtual Machines

Macbook 2015 was not made for such use in mind. It is great for doing web surfing, for little iMovie editing and watching movies. But if you are planning to more than that such run virtual machines and use Adobe Premier or any advanced program, you will be better off with retina macbook pro.

Education discount valid for Macbook 12 2015

A mytechpatner employee was told by an Apple Store employee earlier that education discount was not applicable for Macbook 12 inch 2015 model. But he was still not convinced so he went online to order it and then went to pick it up at the local Apple Store. I was not given any discount.

Education discount Macbook 12 2015

Then yesterday he went online again to order something else and to his surprise, it was showing discount for their Macbook 2015 model. Later I learnt that I could have got better discount at the Best Buy which is $130 off the list price.

So he called Apple and he was was credited the difference. I just thought I should share this news with the prospective Macbook 2015.

Education discount is also application on retina Macbook Pro.

Macbook 2015 Core M 5Y71 benchmark and passmark

The base variant of the Apple Macbook 2015 features an Intel Core M 5Y71 processor. This processor is based on Intel Broadwell architecture and is manufactured using 14 nm manufacturing process. This means that it produces very little heat during operation. In fact the TDP  a k a thermal design power is mere 4.5 watts. Intel Core M 5Y71 scored 2699 in the passmark benchmark test.

macbook 2015 benchmarks

While the processor support up to 16GB of memory, you will not be able to upgrade it since everything is soldered on to the motherboard. They all come with 8GB RAM and there are no RAM options. It’s just basically different SSD and different CPU options.

In the Cinebench R15 (CPU Multi 64Bit) test, it scored 196.5.
In Geek bench 3 it scored 4207.

While both of these scores are not extra ordinary by any means, the Macbook 2015 with Core M 5Y71 is more than enough powerful to handle pretty much any thing a typical Apple user would run on it – Safari, Facebook, Mac App store apps and so on. A tiny bit of Photoshop on this laptop would not slow it down.

How to charge Macbook 2015 and use USB simultaneously

The new Apple Macbook 2015 comes with a single USB C port so how would you charge a Macbook 2015 and use the USB at the same time? The solution is to use the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter that Apple sells for 79 dollars. This is how it looks like. It adds three connections: USB-C, HDMI and USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. The USB-C can be used for charging and another USB can be used for connecting peripherals.

Macbook 2015 charge usb port

We saw every one complaining about not being able to charge the Macbook 2015 and use another peripheral such as Mouse as the same time. The answer is yes, you can do it but you will have to cough 79 dollars to add that functionality. We really hoped Apple included the $ 79 accessory in the box but alas, it does not.

charge Macbook 2015 and use USB

The Apple’s idea is that this is supposed to be a universal port and if you would be connecting many peripherals, then we suggest getting another USB to 4 port USB hub. We found one that retails for mere $ 6 so there is no point in not getting one.

Macbook 2015 and TSA Transportation Security Administration

Apple Macbook 2015 is a pretty amazing laptop but will it have to be removed from bag or can you keep it inside the bag given the fact that Macbook 2015 is fanless and pretty small just like a tablet? We feel that most of the public will consider it as upgraded Macbook Air which shows the poor marketing done on the Apple’s part.

Macbook 2015 and tsa

So unless Apple phases out the Macbook Air which we are guessing they will, this issue will not be solved. Transportation Security Administration a k a TSA will provide some guidance on the point but that means nothing.

macbook air Transportation Security Administration

Transportation Security Administration at myriad airports will continue to do whatever they want. It shall be noted that Macbook Air 11 inch model is allowed to stay inside the bag most of the time except when you have agents at the airport that do not understand the policy.