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.

Top Rated Comments

djrod Avatar
131 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?
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ethereal45 Avatar
131 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.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
A7ibaba Avatar
131 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.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hayesk Avatar
131 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.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
steve-p Avatar
131 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.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JohnDoe98 Avatar
131 months ago

I'm on a 2008 MBP right now and it's on it's way out this year for sure. I maxed the ram when I got it, have done fresh hard drive os installations periodically, and it still chokes up a little on the web, and dealing with hd video is painful.

I don't know what you are doing with your 2008 MBP, but my 2007 MBP does everything you described here without a hitch and is still very fast. It runs ML with a breeze, and that's only on a 2.2 ghz Intel core 2 duo with 4gb of RAM and a 7200rpm HDD. Sounds like you are exaggerating it's performance to justify a new purchase. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I'm just pointing out that there are some 5 year old machines out there that don't drop a beat for 1080p videos and anything the web throws at them.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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