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Sunday, 20 January 2008 21:31

MacBook Air battery replacement not so tricky

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Much has been made of the shortcomings of the MacBook Air's battery not being a user-replacable part. But new reports suggest all that's needed for a battery swap is one screwdriver and a few minutes.

The battery is revealed by removing the Philips head screws and lifting off the bottom cover. The same screwdriver can then be used to release the battery from the MacBook Air before unplugging it.

Citing "people familiar with" the MacBook Air, AppleInsider claims the job can be done in "as little as three minutes" and suggests the service will eventually be offered at Apple Stores in addition to the announced mail-in service.

Tech-Ex goes a step further, claiming an Apple Store employee described the 'unscrew, unscrew, unplug' process and said it will be available in store.

You probably won't want to go through this rigmarole on a tray table in economy, so it does not address the needs of long-haul air travellers. Still, there's always Apple's MagSafe Airline Power Adaptor for those flying in the front of the plane.

Assuming these reports are true, what is important is that MacBook Air owners won't need to be without their computer for a week when their batteries eventually fail. Furthermore, an easily replaced battery means aftermarket suppliers will almost certainly join the party, widening the availability and possibly providing flexibility in terms of battery capacity and price - at least after the warranty and optional AppleCare coverage has run out.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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