The battery in Apple’s new 17″ MacBook Pro is pretty amazing. With a single charge it can power the notebook for about eight hours while using the NVIDIA 9400M graphics processor or seven hours while the 9600M GT chip is at work. Also, it has a charge cycle life of 1,000 charges which is a quantum leap ahead of a standard laptop battery.
But no matter how good the specs are, it’s bound to have problems. Most likely problems will occur after the one-year battery warranty has expired. This one can’t be replaced by end-users, so what happens if it dies after the five-year lifespan and you want to swap it out for a new one ? (Even though chances are you’ll have a new notebook by then)
Turns out Apple has some answers and has just put up a support page detailing the process and cost. The replacement battery will run you $179, which includes installation of your new battery and the disposal of your old one. If you go through an Apple Store, turn around time is just a day. If you mail your it to Apple, it will be three to four days from the date Apple receives it.