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Energy Efficiency Guide for Mac Apps

Check the Battery Status Menu

High energy use can severely impact a user’s ability to get things done while operating on battery power. Users can control some energy factors, such as screen brightness and hard disk sleep, by configuring the Energy Saver pane in System Preferences. They can check the Battery Status menu to get the percentage of battery remaining, as well as an estimate of how long it will take to deplete the battery, given the current environment—running apps, resources being utilized, and so forth. See Figure 17-1.

Figure 17-1Battery statistics image: ../Art/osx_battery_menu_2x.png

The Battery Status menu also lists running apps that are using significant energy at any given time. If an app appears in this list, the system has identified the app based on its requirements with regard to CPU usage, disk I/O, networking, and numerous other factors. Figure 17-2 shows an app that has been flagged in the Battery Status menu.

Figure 17-2An app using significant energy image: ../Art/osx_battery_menu_appusingenergy_2x.png

Clicking on an app in the list automatically launches Activity Monitor, displays its Energy pane, and selects the app. Optionally, the user may quit the app from Activity Monitor, or force quit the app if it’s unresponsive.