Google didn’t provide figures for the device’s battery life prior to this update, so we can’t make a direct before and after comparison, but The Verge managed to drain the battery of the same MacBook in 16 hours and 30 minutes running a variety of everyday tasks. Google’s performance tests were conducted using Chrome version 110.0.5481.100, and the tech giant claims that the new energy optimizations will also benefit older MacBook hardware. François Doray, software developer for Chrome has confirmed to The Verge that these optimizations will also be applied to Windows, Linux, and Android devices in coming Chrome releases.
Google also released a new Energy Saver mode for Chrome earlier this month that extends battery life by limiting any unnecessary background activity on websites, such as visual effects like smooth scrolling on animations or videos. The search giant claims that enabling this mode can grant users an additional 30 minutes of browsing time when tested against the same MacBook Pro 13 (M2, 2022). It’s not much, but every second counts if you’re trying to finish up important tasks before your laptop dies.
The Chrome stable desktop channel was updated to version 110.0.5481.100 on February 14th for Windows, Mac, and Linux devices, which Google disclosed would roll out “over the coming days/weeks.” A full list of changes for this release is available to view via the update log.