Apple to Charge $199 for Battery Replacement on MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    According to an article in Computerworld, Apple will charge $199 to replace the 95 watt-hour battery in the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, an increase of $70 from the traditional $129 that Apple charges for replacement batteries in the standard MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.


    Before the introduction of the unibody MacBook Pro, all of Apple's notebooks had easily removable batteries. It made batteries quick to replace, but increased the complexity of the external case and the overall size of the machines. When the unibody machines were released, Apple designed a new type of battery that gave longer battery life and an increased number of charge cycles before the battery needed to be replaced:

    Apple claims the Retina MacBook Pro's battery can be recharged 1,000 times before its charge capacity drops to 80% of normal.

    Apple's standard 1-year warranty and the three-year warranty included with the AppleCare Protection Plan do cover batteries that have failed or have diminished capacity because "of a manufacturing defect". Apple's warranties do not cover a battery that has diminished capacity simply because it was charged many times.

    Article Link: Apple to Charge $199 for Battery Replacement on MacBook Pro with Retina Display
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
  4. macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
  5. macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2008
    Madrid - Spain
    Since the battery is glued to the machine...are they going to give you a new MBP like they do with iPhones and iPads?
  6. macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    Not surprising after seeing the insides! They'll have to do some crazy stuff to un-glue it!

    At least their battery life estimates (for me at least) are better than what they claim, my mid-2010 MBP has been through 818 cycles and is at 90% health.
  7. macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2003
    They're likely going to give you a new motherboard, and send yours away to be refurbished. That's probably why the SSD is not soldered onto the board like the RAM - to preserve your data.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2010
    Apple do seem to be quite generous with their battery replacement however. On my 09 MBP it had the service battery warning at about 700 cycles, they said that it was high and they would not replace it at first, but after speaking to apple care the man said it was within a 1000 cycles so replaced it free of charge within an hour :)
  9. macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2011
    Well, because it is glued to the body and they are charging $199 for the battery replacement now, could mean that they just put your SSD in a new machine and hand it back to you.

    Even though there's virtually no user serviceability to this, that's still fine with me. This is still becoming my new MacBook Pro to replace my aging '08 aluminum MacBook. If $199 means that they just take your SSD out and put it into a new body, that's completely fine by me!

    Can I just get the $2400 now so I can purchase this awesome machine?! :D
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2011
    Do you think this is like the new iPad, in that with a battery replacement you get a whole new laptop?
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2011
    The new battery is $200. The old battery was $130. Taking a dollar off the price is a psychological trick to fool people into thinking the price is lower than it actually is. As a reporter rounding up the price would be more instructive to you readers. Also, less annoying. Please don't participate in the scam.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Xian Zhu Xuande

    Jul 30, 2008
    $200 seems reasonable. I don't think they'll be swapping machines out at the Apple Store. More likely, they'll be sending it out where the battery will be unglued/removed with proper tools and replaced. Maybe they'll be able to do it in store. Some Apple Stores can do more in house than others.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2010

    This Apple Support page lists $199 before tax.
  14. macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2004
    Late 2008 & Early 2009 Unibody MacBook Pro had a battery access door, so it's not just pre-unibody.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    May 17, 2007

    WOW!!! My MBP >>> 56 cycles and 90% health.
  16. macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2012
    hahaha,everytime something weird pop up out of the sky from Apple,there is always some people who finds it a very reasonable choice.Like they would find it ridicilous ever.They asking 200$ for battery.Really? And thats reasonable? Yea,right.Especial when is not covered by Apple care warranty.I would call that on my scale from insane to idiotic VERY TO HIGH REASONABLE!Riiight. Shut up and take my money,because im retarded.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2011
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2008
    Totally expected actually. The Retina Pro has that massive battery assembly in there. More battery, bigger cost. It's like replacing a toner cartridge but with a longer time needed before replacing.

    Even with my current MacBooks (My Air and my 13" Pro) I normally expect to set aside $200 for a replacement battery, even if I'm not paying quite that much when the time comes around.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2010
    Newcastle, UK
    My Mid 2010 Macbook Pro has 1174 cycles and displayed the replace soon message the other day, How much charge will it hold after that message? Can't afford to replace the battery at the minute.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2002
    Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Not a problem. The removable replacement battery in my last MacBook pro cost $170!
  21. macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2009
    How to use MCPR

    My question is (maybe someone can Help)......What is the best way to use a laptop like this one.. should I always have it connected to a power source even if it is 100% charged. Or should I charge it and unplug it. Or what (seriously don't know). Some people tell me is better to always have it plugged in others say is not good for the battery.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    Wow! That does not sound normal OR good?! Maybe get that checked out!
  23. macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2006
  24. macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2009
    Wilts., UK
    Here's Apple's advice - - click the 'notebook' link in the last paragraph
  25. macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2006
    Sarasota, Florida
    You got that right, a total retard. Have you seen the batteries in there? It cost $60 but a low level tech to even look at a stove or a fridge these days. That's before they do anything or parts.

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