New battery in MacBook Pro for the MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mi.mac.rules, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. mi.mac.rules macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2008
    I love the new MacBook Pro's non-removable battery, and I was wondering on the likelihood and/or time frame of Apple implementing this technology in the new 13" and 15" MacBooks.
  2. Skeletal-dæmon macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2008
    Probably not for a long time. The 17" MacBook Pro never really sold all that many units as it possibly could have done if it had been sold slightly cheaper, and Apple has found a way in which we now desire the 17" model despite the pricing - it has an awesome battery and the much sought after anti-glare display that we all miss.

    Its all a clever plan. I guess it'll filter down a couple of generations down the way.
  3. mi.mac.rules thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2008
    That makes me sad because I, as well as every Mac user (I assume), love the new battery; its life span and cycle increase; but want to stick with the MacBook (for size reasons and meeting my needs vs. price).
  4. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I personally doubt they will include it in the MacBooks or 15" Pros anytime soon. They just released the redesign of these machines a few months ago and it would make absolutely no sense for them to do a redesign this soon. I think the removable batteries are here to stay if only until the next product refresh.
  5. morrisman1 macrumors 6502

    i would love a long life battery for the macbook. even if it had the same runtime and was removable, if they made one which would easily last 600 cycles i would be more inclined to use the battery. i find that i quite often avoid using the battery just so i dont clock up the cycles too fast. i know that the batterys do naturally deterioate over time but ultimately they have a lifetime of about 300 cycles so i dont really want to replace batteries every couple of years.
  6. Crash1234 macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2008
    That would be so great but I don't think it's going to happen. For one, it's something that might make someone opt to spend the extra cash on a 17inch mbp over an mb or the 15in mbp, and also, they'd have to design a new battery to fit in the 13 and 15inch models. For the 17inch they made teh bat not user replaceable so that they could make it bigger so that it could be more powerful. That same bigger battery would not fit into the smaller models...
  7. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Not for 14 to 16 months when the Macbook range is due for its next refresh.
  8. mi.mac.rules thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Well I thought that was obvious... so I like the answer about 14 to 16 months being the next possible update. I'm actually glad it wouldn't be for another year or so, because my white MacBook from Nov. of 2006 is definitely good for another year or 3 as long as I can update the battery eventually.
  9. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I hope they never change the 15" MacBook Pro into the integrated battery design… or I will be using my current MacBook Pro for a very long time. Besides, doesn't Apple want to rip me off by selling me expensive batteries?
  10. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Its $50 more for a battery with, at least, twice the life span, as opposed to $129 more for a second removable battery. Seems like good economics to me.

    Regardless, if they did the same thing with the MacBook you wouldn't get anywhere near the battery life as you do in the 17".
  11. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    The minute Apple goes across the board with non-removables is when I'll have to start working on a hackintosh, or more over I could then just get a nice laptop with good battery that runs Linux.
  12. pyromaniaque macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2008
    Well..Ask your mother.
    Wait for October.. Apple could make some money off of this and have a market edge. :)
  13. smooth macrumors 6502


    Nov 12, 2007
    I guess I look at it differently. It would seem that Apple wants to appear "green" - less batteries in landfills (whether they are or not is a separate debate) and that was part of the advertising for the 17" MBP. So why wouldn't they want to incorporate them into the other models?

    That said, I don't know much about the technology of the new battery. I would think that if they can be put in the 13" and 15" models, they would. When it happens probably depends on how much re-configuring there needs to be done under the hood as it would require a larger battery.

    It would be a smart move on Apple's part as would help with all the comparisons to lower-priced PC notebooks with "similar" specs. I would be surprised if they other MacBooks don't have the new battery by the end of the year.

    Then again, Apple has other confusing strategies so who knows.....

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