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Apple to Charge $199 for Battery Replacement on MacBook Pro with Retina Display

According to an article in Computerworld, Apple will charge $199 to replace the 95 watt-hour battery in the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, an increase of $70 from the traditional $129 that Apple charges for replacement batteries in the standard MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

Apple  MacBook Pro with Retina display  Features
Before the introduction of the unibody MacBook Pro, all of Apple's notebooks had easily removable batteries. It made batteries quick to replace, but increased the complexity of the external case and the overall size of the machines. When the unibody machines were released, Apple designed a new type of battery that gave longer battery life and an increased number of charge cycles before the battery needed to be replaced:


Apple claims the Retina MacBook Pro's battery can be recharged 1,000 times before its charge capacity drops to 80% of normal.

Apple's standard 1-year warranty and the three-year warranty included with the AppleCare Protection Plan do cover batteries that have failed or have diminished capacity because "of a manufacturing defect". Apple's warranties do not cover a battery that has diminished capacity simply because it was charged many times.

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28 months ago
The new battery is $200. The old battery was $130. Taking a dollar off the price is a psychological trick to fool people into thinking the price is lower than it actually is. As a reporter rounding up the price would be more instructive to you readers. Also, less annoying. Please don't participate in the scam.
Rating: 33 Votes
28 months ago
hahaha,everytime something weird pop up out of the sky from Apple,there is always some people who finds it a very reasonable choice.Like they would find it ridicilous ever.They asking 200$ for battery.Really? And thats reasonable? Yea,right.Especial when is not covered by Apple care warranty.I would call that on my scale from insane to idiotic VERY TO HIGH REASONABLE!Riiight. Shut up and take my money,because im retarded.
Rating: 27 Votes
28 months ago
Since the battery is glued to the machine...are they going to give you a new MBP like they do with iPhones and iPads?
Rating: 26 Votes
28 months ago

I can buy a car battery from Walmart for $90. This price is ridiculous. Hopefully it will be cheaper by the time I need a replacement though.


If there were any sort of parallels between car batteries and laptop batteries this would possibly mean something.
Rating: 16 Votes
28 months ago

Really?

This Apple Support page lists $199 before tax.

http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro/service/battery/


Which is essentially $200. Why do you think they chose such an odd number?
Rating: 13 Votes
28 months ago
Well, because it is glued to the body and they are charging $199 for the battery replacement now, could mean that they just put your SSD in a new machine and hand it back to you.

Even though there's virtually no user serviceability to this, that's still fine with me. This is still becoming my new MacBook Pro to replace my aging '08 aluminum MacBook. If $199 means that they just take your SSD out and put it into a new body, that's completely fine by me!

Can I just get the $2400 now so I can purchase this awesome machine?! :D
Rating: 12 Votes
28 months ago

The new battery is $200. The old battery was $130. Taking a dollar off the price is a psychological trick to fool people into thinking the price is lower than it actually is. As a reporter rounding up the price would be more instructive to you readers. Also, less annoying. Please don't participate in the scam.


Really?

This Apple Support page lists $199 before tax.

http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro/service/battery/
Rating: 11 Votes
28 months ago

Since the battery is glued to the machine...are they going to give you a new MBP like they do with iPhones and iPads?


They're likely going to give you a new motherboard, and send yours away to be refurbished. That's probably why the SSD is not soldered onto the board like the RAM - to preserve your data.
Rating: 11 Votes
28 months ago
Not just according to that source.

Horse's mouth: http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro/service/battery/

Not surprised there's a price bump since they made it unservicable and actually glued to the motherboard, along with making it more advanced (powerful).
Rating: 9 Votes
28 months ago

I can buy a car battery from Walmart for $90. This price is ridiculous. Hopefully it will be cheaper by the time I need a replacement though.


Maybe design a handy carrying handle for that car battery and a connector for the laptop and save yourself some money then.
Rating: 9 Votes

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