Apple has made battery replacements a lot less complicated within the new MacBook Air with a Retina show, in contrast with earlier MacBook and MacBook Professional fashions.
On older fashions with Retina shows, changing a battery meant swapping out the entire prime case the place the battery is glued in. It additionally required changing the keyboard and trackpad.
However on the brand new MacBook Air the battery could be changed individually. Apple particulars the simpler battery substitute in its Service Readiness Information for the brand new MacBook Air, which MacRumors obtained.
Repairs and teardown specialist iFixit discovered battery substitute on the MacBook Pro 13in Touchbar extremely difficult, however notes in its new teardown of the MacBook Air with Retina that replacements are “much less nightmarish” on account of “4 screws and 6 pleasant pull-to-remove adhesive strips” securing the ability pack.
The battery continues to be mounted as per iFixit’s description and sits throughout the enclosure housing the keyboard and trackpad.
Nevertheless, now Apple’s Genius Bar staff and approved service suppliers may have instruments to take away and exchange the battery with out changing the entire prime case.
It will not translate into in decrease substitute prices for customers, nevertheless it may save Apple cash and is healthier for the atmosphere.
After the brand new battery is put in, it must be positioned in Apple’s iPhone show press device for fastening new batteries into iPhones with glue strips.
Moreover, the trackpad on the MacBook Air could be individually changed, in keeping with Apple’s service information.
Based on iFixit, the Air’s trackpad shares a cable with the keyboard, which is pinned underneath the logic board. The logic board must be eliminated earlier than fixing the trackpad.
Regardless of simpler battery substitute, general iFixit gave the brand new MacBook Air a repairability rating of simply three out of 10. And it wasn’t significantly impressed with how the battery is mounted in.
“The battery is secured with a mixture of screws and repair-friendly stretch-release adhesive — however you will should take away the logic board and audio system for entry,” it notes.
Additionally the keyboard is constructed into the highest case, and the MacBook Air has soldered, non-serviceable, non-upgradeable storage and RAM.
Nonetheless, it was an enchancment on the one out of 10 repairability rating that iFixit gave to the MacBook Pro 13in Touchbar.
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