MacBook Air Battery Replacement Trivial?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Despite early concerns that the MacBook Air battery is unaccessible to end users, Appleinsider claims that there are no special tools or knowledge required to swap out the MacBook Air's battery.

    A standard size-0 type philips is all that's required to open the MacBook Air. The replacement process is described:
    Given the history of iPod battery replacements, there was some concern that users would be unable to easily replace the MacBook Air battery. Apple has said that a $129 replacement will be available but will require the MacBook Air to be sent in from Apple. If the battery replacement is this easy, however, 3rd party batteries will certainly also be available.

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  2. macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2006
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2005
    Well... that's one less thing for the whiners to whine about.
    Im sure they'll find something to replace it to whine more, though.
  4. macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2007
    What? You mean I have to buy my own screwdriver. That is ridiculous. They should include one. Not to mention that the RAM is soldered so I presume it comes with a solder gun.

    Hope people realize I am kidding.

    This is good news.

    Wishes would be a 3rd party battery that could possibly provide even longer battery life.

    The one thing that is holding me back is the lack of a internal cell card or a place to put a cell card. the only thing I would be stuck with is a USB cell card.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2003
    Good, maybe the whiney crybabies will shut up. No, that's expecting too much.
  6. macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2006
    was MIAMI
    hahaha.... this is good news, i guess. but i'm assuming that the majority of the people using it is for travel, and obviously to make a statement. So while this isn't impossible to remove the battery, it will look kind of odd when the TSA (at the airport) is looking through your bag and sees a screwdriver, and you have to explain its to remove the battery to put another one in... haha how embarrassing :eek:
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2002
    nontheless it will be hard to just swap it on-the-go.

  8. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2007
    Spokane, WA
    While this news is good it still hasn't changed my mind about me not getting one.
  9. macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2002

    As someone who needs a laptop on long flights, I don't see complaints above no user accessible/replaceable battery as whining. If it is indeed as simple as it appears to replace the battery, this will allay my biggest concern regarding the MBA. But only so long as Apple doesn't void the warranty.

    I will not be surprised, though, to see Apple make it more difficult to replace the battery on future models (like they did with the user serviceable parts on the iMac) and/or simply refuse to honor the warranty if this turns out to be a revenue stream that Apple covets. After all, if Apple is willing to insult its iPod Touch customers by charging for software it intentionally withheld for a mere $20 per user, I imagine it's salivating over a frequent influx of $129 from its Airbook customers. Time will tell.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2005
    Alta Loma, CA
    Here is another great thing...

    If you don't buy one, you can't bitch about it! Gotta love it!
  11. macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2007
    I am still going to be one of those whiners :) Great piece of technology and very impressive, but not something that makes any sense to buy.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2004
    I don't see how this helps. I travel a lot and often on long plane journeys I go through 3 batteries with my MBP. How am I supposed to perform a MacBook Air battery swap on a plane? Even if I'm in first class with plenty space I'm still not going to want to attempt it.

    Also, opening your MacBook Air to perform this swap will invalidate your warranty so it's not really that great a solution.
  13. macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2007
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    MontCo., PA
    Magsafe airline adapter?
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Poll Smoker

    Jul 20, 2007
    It voids the warranty, Einstein. :rolleyes:
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    College Station, Tx
  17. macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2002

    Clearly you haven't been reading. these guys bitch about stuff they don't even intend to buy or have them as the target audience!
  18. macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Is it possible to purchase an extra battery and how much?

    Seems reasonable to do this in a hotel room when traveling; I'd be comfortable doing it in flight.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2004
    Fine if you can get one. You'll find that on many airlines you'll only get a power socket in first class, particularly if you are travelling outside the US. Sometimes you don't even get one in first class.
  20. macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2007
    In before someone's 3rd party battery sets their MBA in fire and they blame Apple for it.

    Anyone taking bets on how long before this happens?
  21. macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2006
    Doesn't help the fact that roadwarriors aren't going to want to pull out a screwdriver and void their warranty every day halfway through the day...
  22. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Apple sure loves their Phillips #0 screws.

    Most users on the road would like a more easily swappable battery though. It's rather annoying to take the case off.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2006
    You do realize that Apple makes an airplane power cord that's a hell of a lot cheaper than an extra battery and if you're taking a flight so long that your battery is going to run out I guarantee you there is DC power available under the seat. I have no idea why people keep using the long flight excuse, just buy the adapter and have unlimited power the whole flight!!
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 15, 2007
    Bingo. My last trip to Tokyo on a fn' new 777 had no power unless you were in first class. I even called ahead to check and the airline said every seat has access to one of those airline power adapters, but no such luck.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2006
    Oh that's a load of crap (at least the US part). MD-80's come with them standard throughout the entire cabin and those are just 2x3's. As I said in another post, if you're traveling in the US and your flight is so long your battery is going to die your plane is going to have DC power. The only planes that don't have DC power are the smaller ones and those flights don't go more than 4 hours at the extreme outside. And while we're talking about the battery it's 5 hours WITH WI-FI and Bluetooth ON! On an airplane you're going to get, at the very least, 6 hours probably more like 6.5-7.

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