It didn’t take very long to figure out the new, non-removable battery in Apple’s 17-inch MacBook Pro isn’t quite as non-removable as Apple might like to think. Within days of receiving their new MacBook Pro, the crew over at ifixit got to work and easily succeeded in their mission to remove the battery, while also documenting their efforts step by step. Apple has made some effort to deter removal as the battery is held in place by three tri-wing screws. However ifixit concluded that they can actually be taken out with a small flathead screwdriver.
Apple warns that the battery should only be replaced by an authorized service provider and that attempting a battery replacement yourself could damage your equipment and void its warranty. The warning is repeated on a label on the battery itself. Ifixit is quick to note, however, that you are able to remove the battery without leaving any noticeable traces of doing so.
What does all of this mean? Well you basically reap all of the benefits that the new, better battery brings to your MacBook Pro while being able to avoid paying the $180 fee that comes from being in Apple’s battery replacement program. The fact that the non-removable battery is actually removable means that it won’t be long until there are less expensive versions of the battery available for purchase.