How widespread of a problem is the battery glitch for OS X Mountain Lion adopters?

jack12

I was thinking about upgrading to Mountain Lion, but I keep hearing things about it causing problems with battery life. Does anyone know if this is a common problem, or, as is the case many times online, is it a rare problem that is magnified by vocal complaints of a relative few? I want to upgrade, but battery life is pretty high on my list of things that matter, and I'm not willing to trade much of it for a new OS at this point.

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kreiley
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It's a legit issue, although it is hard to say exactly how widespread it is.  Talking with people in my office, I've heard both, "Nope, no difference," and "I've lost at least a quarter of my battery life".  It will be sorted out, and probably pretty shortly, as I imagine there are a lot of folks in Cuppertino that will be working late until it is.  If I had a MacBook, MakBook Pro or MacBook Air I might wait to install Mountain Lion if I relied on battery for much of my laptop use.

jimlynch
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Apple seems to be on this already:

Apple investigating Mac OS X Mountain Lion battery complaints
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing/apple/apple-investigating-mac...

I recommend that you hold off until a fix is in place. There's no point in upgrading and then getting upset because of this glitch. I'm sure Apple will figure out a fix quickly since it seems to have affected so many people.

jimlynch
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Apple seems to be on this already:

Apple investigating Mac OS X Mountain Lion battery complaints
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing/apple/apple-investigating-mac...

I recommend that you hold off until a fix is in place. There's no point in upgrading and then getting upset because of this glitch. I'm sure Apple will figure out a fix quickly since it seems to have affected so many people.

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