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MacBook Air Battery
Gizmodo provides a gallery of screenshots and video documenting the disassembly of the MacBook Air and shows that it is relatively easy to access the battery, which is held in by a number of screws.

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jnc

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So would it be relatively painless to DIY a spare one in there, on a long journey for instance? Which assumes in the first place you're walking around everywhere with the right screwdriver... lord how I wish for the simplicity of a battery removable by a mere coin-turn...
 
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the battery situation is totally balls.
 
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Ja Di ksw

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Ok, so it's possible to take a battery out and put a new one in. Question though . . . these batteries look very specialized. Will Apple even sell these? If they don't, if they want you to send it in, it doesn't matter if it's possible for us to do it.
 
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the battery situation is totally balls.

I find it funny you're using an iPhone :D

I'm not sure how booming the "carry a spare" market is... but it could be a PITA for the frequent travellers the thing seems to be geared toward.
 
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So would it be relatively painless to DIY a spare one in there, on a long journey for instance? Which assumes in the first place you're walking around everywhere with the right screwdriver... lord how I wish for the simplicity of a battery removable by a mere coin-turn...

I believe this addresses when a battery dies dies and is not intended to persuade people who demand hotswappable batteries. Yes, the Macbook Air can't hotswap batteries, we get it.
 
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jnc

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Ok, so it's possible to take a battery out and put a new one in. Question though . . . these batteries look very specialized. Will Apple even sell these? If they don't, if they want you to send it in, it doesn't matter if it's possible for us to do it.

Very true. I've heard it costs $129, but of course if they only want Apple Genius...es to install them, they probably won't sell them over the counter.

Also - if you're covered for a year (a period in which battery failure should definitely be regarded as a defect), when will anyone even need to buy one? Outside of accidental damage, not for at least 12 months...

Yes, the Macbook Air can't hotswap batteries, we get it.

Why the attitude? If anything this shows (if you can acquire a spare) it should be possible to perform a swap yourself. Loads of people would like to hear that
 
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they took it apart but they didn't mention whether the HD is soldered in, or whether it looks replaceable. For me, the option to upgrade to SSD in 6 months and save $600 is a plus.
 
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As ugly as this thing is on the outside (yeah it's my honest opinion, live with it), it sure is beautiful on the inside.

Now, only if Apple could have gotten much more powerful hardware, I would be sold.
 
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very easy, but the fact that they crippled the remote disk to not include cd's and dvd's (to pigeonhole you from buying them from itunes) pretty much tipped this thing to the wrong side of the thin line it was walking on.
 
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they took it apart but they didn't mention whether the HD is soldered in, or whether it looks replaceable. For me, the option to upgrade to SSD in 6 months and save $600 is a plus.

Yeah, I would like to know exactly what you can feasibly replace. I know the ram is on the motherboard so no luck with that. But I'd think the hard drive would be just as easy to swap out as the battery.
 
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very easy, but the fact that they crippled the remote disk to not include cd's and dvd's

That sucks! So what are you limited to in remote disc? I thought surely you could access data and play DVDs, rip CDs to the MBA... weak.

edit: found an engadget article: http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/24/remote-disc-no-movie-playback-no-hd-support-and-everything-el/

(to pigeonhole you from buying them from itunes)

I can't agree with that. There's still the SuperDrive option. It still sucks, but alas.
 
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they took it apart but they didn't mention whether the HD is soldered in, or whether it looks replaceable. For me, the option to upgrade to SSD in 6 months and save $600 is a plus.

Yeah I'd be interested in this aspect too, like you say a big saving and a relative pain free upgrade in 6 months or so when the price has fallen considerably for SSD would be very enticing.
 
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ncbill

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Someone needs to pull the drive and measure its height.

If it is 8mm then we can swap in a 1.8" 160GB drive - for about $200.

(if 5mm, then we're stuck at 80GB for now)
 
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they took it apart but they didn't mention whether the HD is soldered in, or whether it looks replaceable. For me, the option to upgrade to SSD in 6 months and save $600 is a plus.

I just asked Brian Lam, he said the hard drive is easily accessible/replaceable.

arn
 
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dual64bit

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I think this proves the MacBook Air is potentially customizable.

If third party comes out with hard drive swap, like previous poster said the 160Gb may fit. Even third party could make batteries.

The point of this is, things are possible.

Still no "take apart" instructions on Apple's service source.
 
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jnc

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I just asked Brian Lam, he said the hard drive is easily accessible/replaceable.

arn

Such good news. Now I feel ok with ordering the 80GB but with 1.8GHz, and holding out for cheaper SSDs.

The MBA will be relatively obsolete in a few years anyway so who cares if you can change out the battery.

Man people just love using that word here, don't they? You can still get away with light day-to-day usage on G3 iBooks so the Air should function much longer than you'll need it to. Everything it can do today it'll be able to do ... well, always.
 
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