The word on the streets is that Apple might ditch Intel Inside, and move to less energy thirsty ARM chips. Why? Intel chips use more power, and Apple wants your MacBook battery to last longer. Here’s a way to help.
Kill The Thirsty Little Beasts
Open Activity Monitor on your Mac. Take a look at all the activity going on behind whatever you’re doing onscreen. Your Mac has dozens of processes running at any one time and each of them takes a drink of your MacBook battery.
Mac OS X Lion will actually kill some apps that run too long and don’t do anything. So does App Tamer. This handy app monitors the thirsty apps and automatically pause each app when you’re not using them.
Run App Tamer. Click the box next to the apps that you want to tame. App Tamer does the rest.
What you end up with is more battery power, and fewer apps that sit behind the scenes, sucking up energy.
Until Apple gives us Macs that sip energy and have even longer battery life, we’ll need apps that work like App Tamer. It’s totally Mac-like, easy to set up, and could give your Mac 20 to 30 minutes more life before the battery conks out.