Thirteen Hours And Twenty Nine Minutes

Nilay Patel reviewing the new 13-inch MacBook Air:

13 hours and 29 minutes. That’s all you really need to know — that’s how long the new MacBook Air running Safari lasted running The Verge Battery Test, which cycles through a series of websites and images at 65 percent brightness. Run time in Chrome was shorter, at 11 hours and 29 minutes, but both are still ridiculously impressive. In fact, it’s the record for a laptop running our test without an external battery.

A few of my own thoughts:

1) Wow.

2) And this is running OS X Mountain Lion — OS X Mavericks is supposed to come with even more battery optimizations when it ships in the fall. That’s scary to think about.

3) I’ve noticed this about Safari versus Chrome as well on my laptops. No idea why that is.

iCloud Keychain Removed in iOS 7 GM

Juli Clover:

Apple appears to have removed iCloud Keychain support from the iOS 7 Golden Master (GM), which was seeded to developers yesterday. While iCloud preferences previously listed iCloud Keychain, the option has now been removed, suggesting that the initial public release of iOS 7 will not include the function. 

This makes sense — it’s a key part of OS X Mavericks as well. No point pushing out a muted feature before that software is released next month. Probably safe to assume it will be a part of iOS 7.1 released alongside new iPads. 


I went to install Mavericks, the new version of OSX, yesterday, and it told me my hard drive was irrevocably damaged, which it’s apparently been doing to a lot of people.  Tried a bunch of stuff but couldn’t get it to boot back to the old version, so I had to wipe my hard drive (eep) and restore from my external Time Machine backup – thank god I’d done one immediately before starting the upgrade, for once!

Anyway, PSA, learn from my suffering, etc.

OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks and Safari 7.0.6

After yesterday’s traffic with iOS 8 update, we can continue updating our MacBooks. Apple released OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks update, which includes Safari 7.0.6. It is recommended for all Mavericks users, to download it. It is probably the last update before OS X Yosemite release. It increases reliability of VPN connection and access to SMB. 

Stay tuned applepith


My kitten Dobby loves the new Designed by Apple ad!

He watched it already once, so I had to tap the screen once to get him to look again, but he loves it!