updated 12:25 pm EST, Wed January 7, 2009
MBP battery swap costs
Apple has confirmed the pricing and steps needed to replace the battery in the new 17-inch MacBook Pro, a report indicates. Due to a new power-efficient design, the battery cannot easily be replaced by owners; instead, an Apple spokesperson says, people will have to bring their Pros to an Apple Store or an authorized reseller, where they will pay a fee of $179. This should cover the cost of installation, the new battery, and safe disposal of the old battery.
The spokesperson claims however that the projected lifespan of the battery is approximately five years, based on an estimated 1,000-cycle ceiling with an average of 200 cycles elapsed per year. The battery is in fact said to be significantly better than the one in the MacBook Air, which must also be replaced by dealers at a cost of $129.