February 17th 2009
By Mike Flaminio
ifixit did their thing to the just now shipping MacBook Pro 17" Unibody laptop. As announced, the laptop's battery isn't removable. ifixit pulled all of its bits apart, and discovered the laptop battery is surprisingly accessible.
Apple announced that a battery replacement, if ever needed, must be done by Apple for a $180 charge. This news was a bit of a downer to some Mac aficionados. Apple promises better performance and lifespan on the design, a removable battery is still a nice comfort. Even if just as a backup battery if the new unit doesn't live up to average user's needs.
Fear not says ifixit. At least on the subject of a fading battery. Using some Operation skills, plus ifixit's guide, users have an option over Apple service. Certainly removing the battery will negatively affect the warranty, but if you really want to, there is a window for future upgrades. The big question is how much an after market battery cost? Likely it will be pricey, but probably not $180 pricey.