Zoom’s 2 hours video call drains 13% battery on new M1 MacBook Air 

Zoom continues to connect the world virtually as it fights the COVID-19 pandemic. However, video calls on the platform drain battery faster than we like. Luckily, the new M1 MacBook Air resolves Zoom’s high power consumption. A member of MacRumors forum @acidfast7_redux discovered that the power consumption for a 2.5 hours Zoom video call on 13-inch Apple Silicon MacBook Air with 8GB RAMM only consumed 17% battery charge.

As owners have started to receive their M1 Mac models after their announcement on November 10, their reviews are pouring in, and across all of them, the common conclusion is that the battery life is beyond impressive. M1 Mac models not only perform tasks faster than Intel-based Macs but also has a remarkably low battery drain. TechCrunch found that where an Intel-based 16-inch MacBook Pro consumed 40% battery, the new M1 MacBook Air only took 10% for the same task.

Zoom Video Calls Drain 10% Battery on new M1 MacBook Air

@acidfast7_redux discovered:

“After a 2.5-hour video call, they say their battery life dropped by 17%, and after a second 36 minute video call, their battery life dropped by 7%, meaning that Zoom ultimately consumed roughly 10-13% of battery life per hour.

finishing the day at the office now:

09.11 to 17.25 (8h14m)
battery went from 100% down to 28%

time breakdown for the office part of the day was:

4h33m Zoom meetings (just closed Zoom for the first time since opening it this morning at 10.00)
3h01m web browsing / MS Office / emails
45m sleep (just closed lid and left the office)”

These numbers are particularly impressive because the Zoom app is not optimized for M1 yet and is currently running via Rosetta 2 on new Mac models. With the M1 chip, Apple has created a unified architecture across devices that will allow iOS apps to run natively on the new Apple Silicon Macs. However, currently, not all developers have optimized their apps for the new custom-built processor. Having said that, judging by the current numbers, we can expect even better performance once the apps are compatible with M1. Apple states:

Run powerful apps built for M1. All your existing apps work thanks to Rosetta 2. And for the first time, you can use your favorite iPhone and iPad apps directly on macOS Big Sur. Altogether you’ll have access to the biggest collection of apps ever for Mac.

The advanced M1 chip combines multiple cores in a single chip and provides a unified memory architecture that delivers faster performance, innovative technology, and revolutionary battery life.

The M1 chip makes MacBook Pro outrageously fast and powerful. Its 8‑core CPU rips through complex workflows and heavy workloads, with up to 2.8x faster processing performance than the previous generation — all with unbelievable energy efficiency.

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