2015 & 2016 MacBook battery replacement, possible?

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DeltaMac

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Post #2 is inaccurate, at best.
Macbook internals are significantly different from MacBook Pros.
The battery is solidly glued into the bottom case.
So, Apple would replace the bottom case, when battery replacement becomes necessary.
As the logic board and speakers are mounted to the bottom case, I don't know if that also means that all those parts are replaced (making the task substantially easier/quicker) or if the logic board and speakers are transferred to the replacement bottom case. Maybe a current tech will confirm that here.
 

FilmIndustryGuy

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if u use unplugged daily, get apple care. eventually u will get a pixel burn. Apple replaces batteries if they go under 80% life which it will in 3 years of unplugged use. With apple care, apple was happy to replace the $700 screen due to 1 burnt pixel and $400 battery on my 2012 macbook pro.
 

Hellhammer

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Post #2 is inaccurate, at best.
Macbook internals are significantly different from MacBook Pros.
The battery is solidly glued into the bottom case.
So, Apple would replace the bottom case, when battery replacement becomes necessary.
As the logic board and speakers are mounted to the bottom case, I don't know if that also means that all those parts are replaced (making the task substantially easier/quicker) or if the logic board and speakers are transferred to the replacement bottom case. Maybe a current tech will confirm that here.
I wouldn't be surprised if Apple just replaced the whole bottom case to speed up the process. They can then take out the logic board and speaker assembly etc from the old bottom case, test and qualify them, and use them as spare parts in future repairs. It could also vary from store to store depending on what they have in stock and how busy they are.
 

DeltaMac

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The logic board may be custom order, because of RAM and processor, and would also store the serial number. It's not a difficult task to move the logic board to a new bottom case (speakers, too, probably)
 

deeddawg

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The logic board may be custom order, because of RAM and processor, and would also store the serial number.
We're only talking about four SKU's for the logic boards. Given they have eight rMB stock SKUs I don't think that'd be a problem.

As for serial number, don't they already re-serialize computers when they perform logic board replacements?
 

FilmIndustryGuy

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Nerds,
They remove the logic and replace the whole chases with battery. Apple doesn't unglue and then glue new batteries into your existing bottom casing. This is the same thing they did for my macbook pro retina.
 
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