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iPad Pro M1/M2 MBA vs 12.9 M1 iPad Pro - battery life

UBS28

macrumors 68030

Original poster

Oct 2, 2012 2,893 2,309
For those that both own a M1 / M2 MBA and a M1 iPad Pro, how much better is the battery life of the M1 / M2 MBA over the 12.9 M1 iPad Pro in real world usage?

With non optimized ARM software on Mac, I guess you will get a big hit on battery life on the M1 / M2 MBA, while all software on the iPad Pro is optimized for ARM.

dsusanj

macrumors regular
Oct 29, 2008
I can easily get 15-17 hrs of battery life on my M1 13” MBP bought at launch regardless of the software used whereas the M1 12.9” iPad Pro in full productivity mode with LCT attached will last less than 10 hrs.

Long story short: Macs win here by a large margin ever since they transitioned to Apple Silicon.
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Dealmans

macrumors 6502a
Mar 12, 2022
no contest
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Sheepish-Lord

macrumors 6502a
Oct 13, 2021 1,487
iPad hardware no longer has any real benefits over MacBook hardware other than portability and even then that’s questionable with all the accessories
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Ludatyk

macrumors 68040
May 27, 2012 3,633 2,366 Texas
You get a bigger battery on those MBA compared to an iPP... quite obvious the MBA will win, not sure what's the reason for this question. And to add to that, quick search through Apple website it tells you battery life is better on those MBA than an iPP.
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VaruLV

macrumors 6502
Mar 25, 2019
8-12h on my M1 iPP with light load - browsing, youtube, medium to low brightness for the most part.
Low power mode for the most part.
Start doing something more demanding and it drops to about 6h depending on workload.
Turn up brightness to full and it will be probably not more than 4-6h depending on load, maybe a bit more.
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darngooddesign

macrumors G5
Jul 4, 2007 12,943 3,383 Atlanta, GA
iPad hardware no longer has any real benefits over MacBook hardware other than portability and even then that’s questionable with all the accessories
Except for the touchscreen... which is kind of the point of it. MacBooks are awful tablets while iPads are decent laptops.

While you can make the 13" iPad weigh as much as the MBA, you can't make the MBA weigh less than the iPad. Removing the iPad's keyboard is a cinch, doing the same with a MacBook voids it warranty.
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Abazigal

Contributor
Jul 18, 2011 16,339 16,192 Singapore
I can easily get 15-17 hrs of battery life on my M1 13” MBP bought at launch regardless of the software used whereas the M1 12.9” iPad Pro in full productivity mode with LCT attached will last less than 10 hrs.

Long story short: Macs win here by a large margin ever since they transitioned to Apple Silicon.
It was clear right from the start that the main problem holding Macs back were Intel processors.

I have always preferred iPads since I got my first one in 2012 due to their longer battery life, thinner and lighter form factor and (with the subsequent A-processors), superior performance. Moving to M1 processors means that Macs would naturally catch up in the aforementioned areas, leaving bundled cellular connectivity and preference for iOS / iPadOS over macOS as the main advantages of the iPad.
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Isengardtom

macrumors 6502a
Feb 14, 2009
iPad hardware no longer has any real benefits over MacBook hardware other than portability and even then that’s questionable with all the accessories
touchscreen, pen input, better speakers, mini LED screen, rear camera's, 120hz promotion

It still has some things that are better than the MacBook Air or 13" MacBook Pro

xraydoc

macrumors demi-god
Oct 9, 2005 8,880 3,256 192.168.1.1
I can easily get 15-17 hrs of battery life on my M1 13” MBP bought at launch regardless of the software used whereas the M1 12.9” iPad Pro in full productivity mode with LCT attached will last less than 10 hrs.

Long story short: Macs win here by a large margin ever since they transitioned to Apple Silicon.
Except compared with an MBA — the 12.9” iPad Pro has a smaller battery and a 120Hz mini-LCD screen, none of which do any favors insofar as battery life on the iPad.

I’ve got both an M1 MBA and a 12.9” M1 iPad Pro myself, and battery life on the MBA is better. But the display on the iPad is so much nicer!

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