MBP 13" Teardown reveals battery is user upgradeable

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Geoff., Jun 16, 2009.

  1. Geoff. macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2009

    The “sealed” battery in Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro is easily replaced with standard screwdrivers, a teardown by iFixit shows.

    The MacBook battery is not supposed to be changed by the user. Sealed inside the case, Apple encourages customers to pay Apple $130 to change the battery and dispose of the old one.

    However, the battery is easily accessed with a standard Phillips screwdriver, and the battery removed with a tri-wing screwdriver, iFixit found when dissassmbling the device on Tuesday.

    In addition, iFixit notes that the single audio jack (see post below) is innapropriate for a “Pro” machine. The jack supports analog and digital audio-out, and analog audio-in, but not digital audio-in.

    “If you need digital audio-in, this is not the machine for you.” said iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens in an email.

    Wiens also said the MBP’s new SD card slot is “rather unimaginative.”

    “Half the card hangs outside the computer,” said Wiens. “Apparently, Apple couldn’t free up enough space for a slot that would make the card completely captive.”

    Wiens notes the battery is beefier (360 grams, about 60 grams heavier than the old one), but is rated 60 Watt-hours, compared to the older battery’s 45 W-h. Apple claims the battery will last for 7 hours. The previous MacBook’s battery was rated 5 hours (yeah, right!)

    More details and pictures from iFixit after the jump.

    * The new battery is not interchangeable at all with the older MacBook Unibody. The connectors, size, and shape are different, preventing easy DIY battery rigging.

    * The mid wall dividing the MacBook Pro is now attached to the top case. In the previous model, it was held in by four Phillips screws — just goes to show that Apple is trying to help out its DIY customers.

    * Aside from a couple of visual cues found outside, a casual user would not be able to discern if this was a MacBook Unibody or MacBook Pro.

    * Most screw layouts and brackets are identical to the old MacBook Unibody.

    Credits : CultofMac
  2. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    The title is bit misleading to be honest, you can't buy the batteries anywhere (yet) and by removing the battery yourself you void the warranty. Hardly user upgradeable :p
  3. Geoff. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2009
  4. uv23 macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2003
    Calgary, AB
    Apparently, they've never heard of firewire audio interfaces, which is what you'd actually be using anyway if you were recording pro audio.
  5. Slogan macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
    Couldn't help but think an SD card that sticks out of the slot is rather ugly looking.
  6. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    I don't even want to see the deluge of "NOT "PRO", NO LINE IN". Like anybody who is remotely close to an audio professional would use a laptop line-in for anything other than a last resort.
  7. BaronvdB macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2007
    i cant believe the sd card sticks out!...i wanted to just leave a sd card in at all times but i guess i cant now
  8. jhsfosho macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2006
    Houston, TX
    Dang. I was hoping that the SD card would be flush when fully inserted into the laptop.

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