Can the battery be replaced in the current MacBook and soon-to-be MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by btownguy, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. btownguy macrumors 6502a

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    I'm just wondering if the battery in the current MacBooks can be replaced, say 3 years in the future when the battery life begins to degrade. I'm in the market for a new MacBook Pro this fall and my guess is that it will follow some design cues from the current MacBook.
     
  2. jerryk macrumors 68030

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    Apple can do it for you.

    Normal users not easily. It is glued in and not designed as a user-replacable part.
     
  3. btownguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm fine with that answer. I tend to use my laptops for a LONG time and just don't for it to be considered disposable. Case in point, I'm currently on a mid-2009 MacBook Pro.
     
  4. tubeexperience, Jul 7, 2016
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    tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    On the current MacBook Pro Retina, the battery can be unglued from the top case using plastic cards and a heat gun.

    I have never replace the battery in the MacBook Retina before so that I am not sure about.
     
  5. ajpuciat macrumors member

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    The current retina is NOT user replaceable afaik
     
  6. iMacC2D, Jul 7, 2016
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  7. maflynn Moderator

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    I've seen some reports that even apple has trouble ungluing the battery and ends up replacing the the assembly that the battery is glued too. I'm not sure if that's the norm, or the exception but I do think that is not at all surprising.
     
  8. hallux macrumors 68020

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    It can be done but it needs to be done VERY carefully. If mishandled/abused, a Li-ion battery can be VERY dangerous. I'm not sure genuine Apple parts are available as Apple's standard for replacing the battery on the rMBP is to replace the entire topcase.

    Process is just about right, terminology is one level off. The battery is part of what Apple considers the "topcase", the bottomcase is the panel that is removed to get to the guts. The LCD is in the clamshell. Yes, complete teardown as the clamshell/LCD has to come off and get swapped over to the new.
     
  9. iMacC2D, Jul 8, 2016
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  10. hallux macrumors 68020

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    Correct. I've actually done that exact service on a rMBP, as an authorized tech. It wasn't for the sake of replacing the battery per se, but because of a trackpad issue.


    I stand corrected.
     
  11. Totally Bored macrumors member

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    How much does Apple charge to change the battery?
     
  12. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    $199
     
  13. Totally Bored, Jul 10, 2016
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    Is the price of the battery additional ?
     
  14. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    $199 includes the battery and the service.
     

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