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Apple has posted information about their battery replacement service for the new 17″ MacBook Pro. Their latest notebook released offers a new industry standard in performance (up to 8 hours use on a single charge), but comes at the expense of a user-replaceable battery. Apple notes that […]

specs_battery_17_20081224Apple has posted information about their battery replacement service for the new 17″ MacBook Pro. Their latest notebook released offers a new industry standard in performance (up to 8 hours use on a single charge), but comes at the expense of a user-replaceable battery.

Apple notes that the battery in your MacBook Pro is a consumable item, requiring replacement at the end of its useful life. Replacement of a battery which has been consumed via normal use is not covered under warranty, but if battery life suffers from a hardware defect you will be eligible for a free replacement.

The replacement can be done same-day providing you’ve booked an appointment at your local Apple Store. Mail in options are available, taking 3-4 business days. Apple seems to be making it very easy to swap batteries at the end of their useful life, minimizing criticism for the non-removable battery in their latest professional notebook.

How Much?

Apple has published a simple chart which shows the different price for the battery replacement in different countries worldwide:

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The USD price is around $50 more than purchasing a replacement/extra battery for a 15″ MacBook Pro — not a terrible deal considering the extra life which you’ll have benefitted from. The price of the replacement battery includes installation of your new battery and environmentally responsible disposal of your depleted battery.

The battery replacement would seem to be a very simple process, though Apple does note that you should ensure you have a backup of your data and aren’t responsible for any data loss which occurs during the replacement process.

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  1. Jonathan Rider Friday, January 16, 2009

    I have one sine 3 days and no way does it last 8 hrs. Perhaps when just leaving it on and not doing anything, but with the usual activities, including a dvd 4:35hrs …. which is still OK but far from the 8 hr. marketing crap, and CRAP it is!!!!

  2. Jonathan,
    If you’re not a tester, you probably haven’t a 17″ MacBook Pro (it’s still not available for purchase!)
    Your MacBook Pro is certainly a 15″ (5hrs battery life).

  3. Ya Mr. Rider, keep your futile and unconstructive criticisms to YOURSELF. The MBP in question isn’t even availible yet.

  4. Slappy MacCynical Saturday, January 17, 2009

    Jonathan Rider Wrote:
    I have one sine 3 days and no way does it last 8 hrs. Perhaps when just leaving it on and not doing anything, but with the usual activities, including a dvd 4:35hrs …. which is still OK but far from the 8 hr. marketing crap, and CRAP it is!!!!

    The group spots an illiterate troll. As it begins to spew inane comments the group kills it, takes it’s gold and receives 300 experience points.

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  7. The battery in the new MacBook Pro 17″ really does change battery technology. I just read a great post at Mac Guru Lounge that explains exactly how laptop battery charging really works. It’s worth a read.

  8. Great article re batteries. I have a 2006 15″ MBPro whose original battery has worked fine, but honestly needs to be replaced. Don’t know if you can name non-Apple brands, but do you recommend getting a generic replacement and saving $30 to $50? The 500 or so reviews on Apple’s OWN site give the Apple-branded batts something like 2 stars out of 5.
    Thanks!

  9. Macbook Pro Review Friday, January 7, 2011

    I’ve had my 17 inch Macbook Pro for about 3 months now. While I’ve had some minor issues with it, overall it’s been great. I love how the keyword lights up so I can see at night. I’d recommend it to anyone who does design work.

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