While the response to the launch of OS X Mountain Lion has been generally favorable, numerous users have reported a significant loss in battery life on their MacBooks after updating to the newly released platform for Mac. Fortunately, it appears that Apple has pinpointed the battery draining problem and will soon be issuing an OS X 10.8.1 update that resolves the problem. In fact, one developer confirmed with Softpedia that the improvement is quite substantial and adds up to four hours of battery life to his Mac notebook:
“Until I installed 10.8.1, my MacBook was showing 4h:05m after a full charge,” he said, referring to the amount of time before the battery would deplete completely. “After installing 10.8.1 it’s showing over 8h. I’m now able to use my Mac throughout the day again without having to carry my charger.”
Apple already seeded OS X 10.8.1 to AppleSeed members and registered developers earlier this month, marking the first update to OS X Mountain Lion since the software was released in late July. OS X Mountain is available for $19.99 from the Mac App Store for existing Snow Leopard and Lion users, while anyone that has purchased a new Mac on or after June 11, 2012 is eligible for a free upgrade through Apple’s up-to-date program. OS X Mountain Lion includes several new features such as Notification Center, Game Center, Messages for Mac, Notes and Twitter integration.