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Released in November 2020, the 13" MacBook Air features Apple's Arm-based M1 SoC with an 8-core CPU and up to an 8-core GPU. (Model A2337 / EMC 3598 with two Thunderbolt 3 ports)

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Is it possible to replace the battery of the M1 MacBook Air?

I have a new M1 MBA 2020 and am wondering if the battery is replaceable if it dies eventually after a few years?

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Here’s a good writeup on the new M1 13” MacBook systems M1 MacBook Teardowns: Something Old, Something New

As we can see comparing the older Intel and the new Apple M1 models we can see the battery appears to be the same and like the older one also glued in!

Early 2020 13" Macbook Air

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M1 13" Macbook Air

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So I would say its very possible to replace it!

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Hi,

indeed the battery is easy to replace. It´s glued as we know it already from iPhones e.g. If you are careful enough it´s no rocket science.

That’s why I choosed the MBA M1. It´s important for me to use this device for several years.

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I have bought this laptop less than a year ago, and I have opened it up multiple times since. The battery should be easily replaceable. However, you should not need to replace it very soon as the M1 chip is very power efficient. My MacBook Air is still at 100% battery health after only six months. The charge cycle is also very low at only 52. Apple quotes that their laptop batteries can withstand 1000 charge cycles before they start to degrade. Also, Apple’s battery management is one of the best in the world and will keep your battery healthy for years to come before you even need to think about replacing it.

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I think it's not that they start to degrade after 1000 charge cycles, but more to expecting to have around 80% battery capacity after around 1000 charge cycles. Just thought that I would point this out

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mine just went to 97% after 82 cycle

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mine ist at 91% after only 88 cycles

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I have been concerned because my battery capacity has dropped much more quickly. At 11 months and only 59 cycles, my maximum capacity is at 90%.

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I'm at 87% after a year. And it had dropped precipitously after just a few months after purchase. Not thrilled with that, but apparently Apple won't touch it unless it gets down to 80%. Fortunately, I don't run it on pure battery very often and for long periods of time, so it still is a great laptop with really good runtime.

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Yes, the battery is replaceable with screws and street friendly adhesive. If you want to learn more about how to replace your battery, ifixit has a wonderful guide you can check out.

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Does macOS perform any kind of software check that can reduce performance while installing a replacement third party battery on an M1 Air?

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@subhumangarbage - From the limited testing people have done, Apple has not locked things like the display in some iPhones.

iFixit has already created a guide MacBook Pro 13" Two Thunderbolt Ports Late 2020 Display Assembly Replacement and is selling the needed battery MacBook Air 13" (A2337, Late 2020) Battery

So if you've already run up over a 1000 cycles or damaged it somehow you'er good!

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