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iFixit guide puts Retina MacBook Pro battery swap at $500
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Aug 8, 2012, 09:08 AM
 
Repair outfit iFixit has posted a completed repair guide for the Retina MacBook Pro. The guide breaks tasks down by component, such as the logic board, left and right fans, or the SSD. Of special interest though is the battery, which iFixit estimates could cost $500 to replace "if technicians follow the safer Apple-suggested procedure and replace the entire upper case assembly along with the battery."

In an earlier teardown, iFixit called the Retina Pro the "least repairable laptop" it had ever taken apart. This is mostly because Apple has gone to extreme measures to keep the computer thin. The battery, for instance, is glued into the case instead of using screws, and the different parts of the display assembly have been merged together, dropping a glass protection layer. Even opening the chassis can be a problem, since Apple uses an unusual pentalobe screw type to hold the lower case together.
     
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Aug 8, 2012, 05:07 PM
 
It is $199 direct from Apple, similar to the 17" MacBook Pro models with built-in battery (it may be more expensive through AASP's, probably not by much though, just extra labour costs)

http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro/service/battery/
     
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Aug 9, 2012, 01:19 AM
 
Originally Posted by Brian D Marsh View Post
It is $199 direct from Apple, similar to the 17" MacBook Pro models with built-in battery (it may be more expensive through AASP's, probably not by much though, just extra labour costs)
http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro/service/battery/
It's still a great price.... if you like getting robbed while blind.
     
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Aug 9, 2012, 02:46 AM
 
Apple customers get their money's worth.

The battery for the Retina MacBook Pro is going to last years anyway.

And if you can't afford Apple products, then you just aren't wealthy enough or need a second job.

If you use a hair-dryer on the metal side, you can melt the glue to release the battery. A third party can then create a battery replacement that can be glued back on. But then, again, the battery is custom designed by Apple, so getting good power from a 3rd party may be difficult if they don't have similar technology.
     
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Aug 9, 2012, 03:13 AM
 
Originally Posted by James Katt View Post
And if you can't afford Apple products, then you just aren't wealthy enough or need a second job.
I really hate it when people write shit like that.

The sense of entitlement that leads to complaints about Macs being too expensive gets on my nerves, as well, and blahblabber obviously needs to compensate for deficiencies by get a rise out of others (medical advancements could help him get a rise out of himself, but he might not be wealthy enough to afford them ) but telling people they’re just not rich enough is a pretty sad argument.

It makes you, and by inference Mac users in general, sound like elitist, callous, rich assholes with no sense of decency and even less tact.

It embarrasses me to be associated with that kind of attitude.

Tools need budgets, and in many cases, budgets can be stretched or accommodated by readjusting priorities. It may also mean just not buying a Mac.
     
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Aug 9, 2012, 11:21 AM
 
Originally Posted by James Katt View Post
Apple customers get their money's worth.
The battery for the Retina MacBook Pro is going to last years anyway.
And if you can't afford Apple products, then you just aren't wealthy enough or need a second job.
If you use a hair-dryer on the metal side, you can melt the glue to release the battery. A third party can then create a battery replacement that can be glued back on. But then, again, the battery is custom designed by Apple, so getting good power from a 3rd party may be difficult if they don't have similar technology.
I was talking about the $500 Battery service; my bad. Either way, I don't need anybody to touch any machines for me or my clients.

.....And this Individual... rather not say.

.... wealthy?? Smarts or a "knack" plays no role either eh?

And a Hair Dryer?... haha You sir are being cheap. There is definitely more to it that that. You will need a few more brain cells to complete that idea.
     
   
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