Possible to replace battery?
So I have a MacBook Pro 13" Unibody back from 2009 and I need to replace the battery. I already know that's the problem but Apple wants entirely too much money to fix it. They say it can't be manually replaced but I have my doubts. I just don't see why not. If anyone knows a way I can replace the battery myself for cheaper then they'll do it let me know. Is it really impossible? Or is that just some scam Apple put out to get more money from us?
The short answer? Yes. You can replace the battery yourself.
As a matter of fact, iFixit has a guide to show you how to do just that. Located here:
And yeah, the battery being "manually inaccessible" is a complete fabrication. Though Apple does tend to try to make it as difficult as possible by throwing as many obscure screws with uncommon heads of variable sizes as they can find into their machines.
You'll see what I mean when you read the guide.
This particular model uses the illusive Tri-wing Y1 Screwdriver to try to keep its owners out. Luckily for you, the iFixit store happens to sell the tool you need (you know, in case collecting obscure and rarely used screwdriver heads isn't a hobby of yours).
Here it is:
They also throw in a bunch of randomly assorted Phillips head screws. More common, but iFixit sells the tool for that as well just in case:
The price of those two tools plus shipping and handling plus the price of a few hours of your time should at least be marginally cheaper than Apple's battery replacement service.
Oh, and here is the battery if you don't already have one:
Good luck. And happy hunting.
Standard Phillips screwdriver used to take apart laptops. Swivel top handle with precision tip driver. — 50+ available at 4.95 each.
Three pointed screwdriver. Fits many tamper-proof three pointed fastener heads, including those found on MacBook Pro batteries. Similar to, and acceptable replacement for, Apple Tool 922-8991. Swivel top handle with precision tip driver. — 50+ available at 5.95 each.
Apple Original OEM Battery. Replace your dying or broken battery with this OEM replacement. Compatible with all Mid 2009 13" Unibody MacBook Pros, all Mid 2010 13" Unibody MacBook Pros, all Early 2011 13" Unibody MacBook Pros, all Late 2011 13" Unibody Ma — Currently out of stock.
Dear Paul, the money issue doesn't tell the whole story. I inquired today for a battery replacement of a 15' Unibody and i was told to leave the laptop 5 days in the shop (Apple authorized reseller). Two issues here: (1) why should i leave open access to my data for 5 days to someone i don't know? (2) What about if i have to work with the laptop in the meanwhile? And, even worse, i can't order the battery through the shop, wait for the delivery and then give in the mac.