When was the last MBP with removeable battery?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mortenjensen, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. mortenjensen macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    #1
    Hi all,
    I have been offered to buy a 13'' MBP with removable battery produced (ie. the model where you do not have to unscrew the back)? Was it part of the second generation unibody design from 2008 and forward - or only part of the first generation (which did not come in 13'', right?).
    Was any of the unibody design MBP 13'' ever produced with removable battery?
    Morten
     
  2. robvas macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Location:
    USA
    #2
    2008-2009 MBP's and MB have a easily removed battery. You just flip the latch.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 26, 2016 ---
    [​IMG]
     
  3. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2014
    #3
    the 2012 unibody MBP, which is still being sold as new by Apple, has a removable battery and 2 conventional SATA ports that are used for the HDD and the optical drive. It also has removable RAM.
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

    T5BRICK

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Location:
    Oregon
    #4
    Apple never made a 13" MacBook Pro with a removable battery. They did, however, make a 13" unibody aluminum MacBook in 2008 that had a removable battery.

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...-2.0-aluminum-13-late-2008-unibody-specs.html
     
  5. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2014
    #5
    Wrong, 13" MBP's from 2009 to 2012 have removable batteries. use mactracker, everymac is not accurate and is mostly a clickbait sight. Is is only from 2010-2012 that the door latch was removed, but you can still unscrew the bottom half of the panel and remove the battery.
     
  6. \-V-/ Suspended

    \-V-/

    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    #6
    2012, the one still on Apple's website (which has been stated already), is the last MacBook Pro with a removable battery (and drives and RAM). You just unscrew the back and you have full access to the easily replaceable innards.
     
  7. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

    oneMadRssn

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2011
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    #7
    By that definition, every macbook pro and air, even today, has a removable battery.
     
  8. \-V-/ Suspended

    \-V-/

    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    #8
    Um no. He meant what he said. The latch isn't there, but you can still remove the back of the MBP and have full access to the battery, RAM, and drive. None of those are soldered on, glued on, or proprietary like all the new MacBooks.
     
  9. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

    oneMadRssn

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2011
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    #9
    I just replaced the battery in a 2014 Macbook Air. It required just removing the back panel to have full access to the battery, it was not soldered in any way. The 2015 model is the same way. Indeed, none of the batteries are soldered in any of the Macbook Pros/Airs.

    I'm not trying to be a pain, just pointing out that I think "replaceable" in this context of laptop batteries means without using any screwdrivers, where there is a latch or button of some kind.
     
  10. \-V-/ Suspended

    \-V-/

    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    #10
    I could have sworn the batteries were glued in. My mistake.
     
  11. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

    oneMadRssn

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2011
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    #11
    The new 12" Retina Macbook is the only Mac with a glued battery at the moment. Which is a pain. It's also the only one without a serviceable SSD, which is also a pain.
     
  12. BrettApple macrumors 65816

    BrettApple

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2010
    Location:
    Heart of the midwest
    #12
    I would just define them as:

    1. Removable (no tools needed). Early 2006 - Late 2008 15" and 17" MacBook Pros and Early 2006 - Late 2008 (Alu) to Mid 2009 13" MacBook.

    2. User serviceable. Mid 2009 - Mid 2012 13"/15"/17" (till 2011) MacBook Pros, Late 2009-2010 13" MacBook, All MacBook Air models.

    3. Non user serviceable - 2012 to current Retina MacBook Pros and 12" MacBook. Though you can pry it out of the case and off the adhesive and replace it if you really want to DIY vs sending it to Apple.

    As mentioned, they were not (Mid 2009 13" MBP has a solid back panel). But the closest thing to it is the Late 2008 13" MacBook. Almost identical but with a lower quality LCD, no FireWire, has separate audio in/out, no SD card slot, and has a removable battery. Same chipset/CPU/GPU/etc for the most part. Only the 2.4 GHz model has a backlit keyboard though, something to note.
     
  13. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2014
    #13
    I don't see why the definition should be limited like that. It's not like it's hard to remove the bottom panel. If your battery was worn out, it would be incredibly easy to replace if you had another one.
     
  14. T5BRICK macrumors 604

    T5BRICK

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Location:
    Oregon
    #14
    I understand that the 2009 and newer MacBook Pros have replaceable batteries. They do not have user replaceable batteries by Apples definition.

    If you actually read the original post, here is what the OP is asking:

    So, to answer this question, based on the information in the first part of the post:

    The OP isn't looking at a 13" unibody MacBook Pro, they're looking at a 13" unibody MacBook from 2008.
     

Share This Page