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My understanding is that the new MacBook Air 2011 is using a new Intel CPU that uses less power. I expected that should mean either longer battery life or a lighter computer, but I can't remember how much battery life they claimed the old one had...

Should I expect longer battery life from the new MacBook Air 2011?

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It seems to be the same, from looking at this and this –  user6124 Jul 20 '11 at 14:03
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Actually, the previous MacBook Air 13" (2010) used a Core 2 Duo SL9400 or SL9600 which both have a TDP of 17W.

The new MacBook Air 13" (2011) uses an i5-2557M or i7-2677M which both have a TDP of 17W too.

I don't think we can say that these new CPU consume less power.

My personnal opinion is that Apple tried to stick to the power consumption while boosting the performance by switching to a more modern architecture. I do not expect Apple engineers to work on switching architecture AND improving power consumption at the same time.

So to answer your question:

No, I would not expect a longer battery life with these new CPUs. Even a little reduction for those with an 11" MacBook Air because their CPU switched from 10W to 17W.

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and what about the GPU? –  KARASZI István Jul 22 '11 at 8:27
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Apple hasn't changed the claims about battery life. 7 hours for the 13,3", 5 for the 11,6". It's a bit strange that according to Apple the batter life didn't change. Maybe we'll get a nice surprise.

Found it here: http://www.macrumors.com/2010/10/20/apple-announces-new-13-3-inch-and-11-6-inch-macbook-air-models-with-flash-storage/

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The old spec information for Macbook Air can be found here, as of July 20th: http://www.macmall.com/p/Apple-MacBook-Air/product~dpno~8233199~pdp.gcgabeg

New spec info: http://www.apple.com/macbookair/specs.html

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