By Luke Anderson
If you’ve been paying careful attention to the world of tech news, then you may have caught the quiet launch of Apple’s latest addition to the MacBook line dubbed the Air. So maybe quiet isn’t exactly the best word to use when talking about any product launch from Apple, but I digress. One of the issues that I noticed right off the bat was that much like Apple’s iPods and iPhones, you can’t actually replace the battery yourself. This is a major turnoff for most mobile users.
So what is it going to take to get yourself a spanking-new battery when your old one stops holding a decent charge? The magic number is $129 and the best part is that Apple is more than happy to install it for you for free. That’s about on-par with other notebook batteries, so I think most people will be more or less pleased with the cost.
GOOD, this way they can be sure the batteries aren’t disposed of inappropriately.
It’s a real shame the Air has no replaceable battery. I know most air/road warriors always carry a spare for those times when you just can’t get to a power outlet, and 5 hours or not, it’s still nice to not be tied to the socket because you have the spare battery.