Thread: Apple Care and batteries?
06-25-2012, 12:49 AM #1
Apple Care and batteries?
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- Jun 12, 2009
Could anyone advise how Apple handles aging batteries when still under Apple Care coverage? Does the battery have to literally fail or have next to zero capacity left in order to get a replacement, or could you essentially walk into an Apple Store just prior to your 3-year coverage ending and ask for a replacement, even if it still has 25-50% of its capacity left?
I'm trying to make a buying decision between the Retina and classic model, and because the Retina has it glued down, the battery situation is an important element for me, personally.
If I could get a "free" battery replacement on the Retina before the three years is up and then have a good 5-6 years (between the two) of battery life, that would be a selling point, but if not, the ability to replace it myself in the classic seems the better way to go.
06-25-2012, 01:44 AM #2
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- Jan 23, 2008
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Late 2013 27" iMac, iPad 3, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
Both the Retina and the classic MacBook Pro have user non replaceable batteries. Because of the thinness of the Retina, the battery is glued down. The classic MBP battery is held in place with special screws. I don't know about the Retina but the battery on the classic MBP is supposed to be able to go 1000 charge - recharge cycles.
06-25-2012, 08:31 AM #3
Laptop batteries are considered a "consumable" item. Therefore they are not covered under the Applecare warranty. Only if the battery can be shown to have a manufacturing defect will Apple replace the battery.
Sometimes there are "gray-areas"...so if the battery seems to be failing well before the 1000 cycle estimated lifespan...then Apple may replace it (this is usually a judgement call).
06-25-2012, 09:06 AM #4
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