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Macbook Air battery life longer with Mavericks

More memory, higher graphics performance

During its Apple Special Event, Apple's Craig Federighi shed some quite interesting light on the new Maverics OS X and how it actually behaves and improves hardware usage on the 13-inch MacBook Air.

According to Federighi, OS X Mavericks will bring up to an hour longer battery life in web browsing if you install Mavericks OS X and even provides better memory allocation with "compressed memory".

Not to make it all about battery and memory, Mavericks OS will also be focused on intergrated graphics and thanks to OpenCL, Apple says that they have seen up to 1.8x improvement in performance thanks to enhancements. According to Federighi, Mavericks will have quite a few enhancements on the graphics side, including Core Image on OpenCL, Dynamic VRAM, Core Animation Scrolling, Unified IG Memory Module, Layer-Backed Views and OpenCL on IG. The GPU will actually be able to allocate up to 1GB of memory when compared to Mountain Lion OS X that peaked at 512MB.

In any case it sounds quite impressive and we certainly hope that these performance improvements will be seen across the entire range of Apple devices rather than just the 13-inch Macbook Air.

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Last modified on 22 October 2013
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