New Time Machine Update Includes Battery-Saving Feature

Mac OS X Leopard includes a backup utility known as Time Machine, which has garnered a mixed reception. Personally, it proved invaluable when it rescued me from a potential disaster the evening before a crucial report deadline.

Currently, the functionality of Time Machine is somewhat basic.

However, enhancements are on the horizon with the upcoming release of Mac OS 10.5.3. According to AppleInsider, the latest version provided to developers, identified as 9D29, includes a new feature for Time Machine that allows laptop users to pause backups while operating on battery power.

This update is beneficial for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it conserves battery life by reducing power consumption, and secondly, it avoids the risk of having incomplete backup sessions in case the battery runs out before the backup is complete.

The anticipation is palpable: when can we get our hands on 10.5.3?


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