First gen uMBP Battery - Will they be available long?

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  1. sclough macrumors regular

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    Is the battery in the first gen uMBP 15" unique to that model or also shared with the 13"? I'm looking at the prices on the first-gen that are dropping fast, but I'm also thinking about keeping the machine 5-6 years and I'm wondering if 3 or 4 years from now you'll even be able to get decent replacement batteries for these since the model run was so short.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Given the fact that you can still buy a G4 PowerBook battery on apple.com I wouldn't worry about when apple will stop producing/selling batteries for the unibody MBPs
     
  3. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    Yeah don't worry about it. As the above poster said, you can still get Powerbook batteries from Apple! :)
     
  4. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Right no problem.

    And if Apple stops selling them there will be a lot of Chinese dudes on Ebay selling them a lot cheaper.
     
  5. sclough thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, the Powerbook G4's had a much longer product run than the unibody and there are a lot more of them out there. You're probably right though, I suppose Apple will support them for a while. It just feels now like the unibody from October, even though it's still a great machine, was a revision 1 product and that the current one will have a longer life span. Of course, seeing as it's technology what's a "long lifespan" anyway, right?
     
  6. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    I bought my 15" uMBP in May 09 - and am very happy with the decision - I do not fear battery availability to be an issue as long as I own it.

    Assuming the internal non-user changeable battery works out.

    If problems crop up with that battery, you may see an upgrade in the future to a replaceable battery. I hope not, we are about to buy at least one, and possibly two new Apple notebooks. ( 13" MBP )
     

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