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I thought my Macbook Pro battery was supposed to last for years, not months.

by thestebo

My Problem

My MacBook Pro 18 months old and the battery died completely. It's supposed to last for ~1000 charge cycles (for several years) and it died at 128 cycles. I had to make an appointment a week out at a Genius Bar at an Apple Store nowhere near where I live and they told me that there was nothing they could do and that they didn't even have the battery in stock, that they'd hold onto my laptop for a week just to replace the battery– and charge me upwards of $200 to do it (when the battery itself is less than $120). So I went through this whole ordeal of trying to find the right battery only to find out that they don't even sell the battery through retail outlets– Apple will only replace the battery themselves, and charge a ridiculous $60 fee to replace it and keep the computer for days just to do something that takes 5 minutes and zero skill whatsoever.

My Fix

I ordered the battery and the proprietary screwdriver <gives Apple the middle finger> through iFixit. The order shipped an hour after I placed it. Impressive. It took less than 4 minutes to replace my battery, and most of that was spent just unscrewing the bottom. It was ridiculously simple. To put that into perspective, it took 20 minutes after my appointment time at an Apple Store just to get someone to tell me my battery crapped out and they couldn't do anything about it.

My Advice

I don't usually like to gripe and publicly complain about things. There's a lot that I love about Apple and their products, but this whole experience, albeit unfortunate, was completely unnecessary for something that should be so simple to fix. I already referred to iFixit for guides on how to repair my computers, but I will be relying on them for my future repairs and upgrades as well and saving myself time and money.