Bigger battery life is something that we all want in our mobile devices, and when Apple announced its new MacBook Pros, the company also announced that the laptops would have about 10 hours of battery life per charge. We’re sure there are plenty of users who would love to see 12-14 hours, so why didn’t Apple deliver?


There could be many reasons why, but the folks at CNET have presented a rather interesting argument, and that is the reason why we don’t have larger batteries is because of mobility. Apparently the legal limit for batteries of electronics being brought on board a flight is maxed out at 100 watt-hours, and the MacBook Pros are currently packing a 99.5 watt-hour battery.

This 100 watt-hours rule is apparently applied across multiple countries, not just the US, so it seems that Apple wants to be able to comply with the rules. Some have wondered how it would be possible to check every single laptop, and while that’s true, why would Apple risk their products being banned or have their customers fined or inconvenienced?

Of course one could also argue that you could choose to stow your laptop in your checked in luggage, but given the way baggage handlers handle luggage, it might not necessarily be the best idea either. In any case 10 hours isn’t too bad, and if you were to turn off some features like keyboard backlighting or reduce the screen’s brightness, there’s a good chance you could squeeze out more, but what do you guys think? Does this theory make sense?

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