On all MacBook and MacBook Pro with a Retina display from 2012, the battery is glued to the case. That means Apple replaces the entire enclosure with the included keyboard and trackpad for one battery change. But things have changed on the new MacBook Air, you can now easily remove the battery.
According to a document distributed to employees at Apple stores and authorized distributors, the battery is still attached. But unlike other models, tools are available to easily remove the battery and replace it with another one without having to replace other components. The process is now similar to that of the iPhone battery , with an easier sticker to put on and take off.
On the other hand, it seems that Apple also makes it easy to change the trackpad . But not much more is said about this. We will therefore have to wait for a breakdown by a third party, such as the classic ones carried out by the repair company iFixit. It will also be curious to see if this new method is extended with new tools to the current MacBook and MacBook Pro, or if the opposite is the case with a new internal design that facilitates these changes.
Why this change to MacBook Air? It has something to do with Apple’s commitment to making products more environmentally friendly and more recyclable. Changing only one component if the rest are undamaged has less impact on the environment because less waste is generated.
The new MacBook Air is made from 100% recycled aluminum . As the company commented in the last keynote , they have achieved a new aluminium alloy that uses recycled metal with a quality and finish identical or even better than that used until now.
Replacing a battery in Apple notebooks with a Retina display has always been a challenge . It is a much more expensive operation due to the fact that more parts have to be replaced, so it is often necessary to resort to third parties to make the change. Now, hopefully, we will have more official and secure repairs than before.