AppleCare Now Covers Worn-Out Batteries

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Built-in batteries mean a built-in expiry date for gadgets: lithium-ion batteries slowly lose their ability to hold charge over time, eventually dying an ignominious death, and rendering your expensive gizmo useless — unless, that is, you’ve got AppleCare.

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In a small change to the policy for AppleCare for Mac spotted by MacRumors, Apple will now cover batteries that hold less than 80% charge. Previously, only ‘defective’ batteries were covered — meaning you could probably talk your way into a free replacement with a kind employee, but you’re basically now guaranteed a fix.

If you don’t have AppleCare, a replacement will cost you somewhere between $130 and $200, depending on your laptop model. Given that AppleCare itself runs between $250 and $350 for three years, and your battery is virtually guaranteed to wear out in that time, it’s looking like a better and better deal.

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[AppleCare via MacRumors]


Contact the author at chris@gizmodo.com.

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theturtle
The Turtle

I am now old enough to say that I’m fairly sure I will never buy another Apple laptop or desktop. My MBP is 2008, which replaced a 2007, which replaced a 2004, all of which had removable batteries (meaning, “removable by humans other than the people at iFixit”) and I am perfectly OK with that. It means more to me than Retina displays or Thundershit connectors or USB-C, all of which geniuses in China will adapt to my ExpressCard slot. if I need anything beyond this, I’ll spend the money on a nice cheap generic rooted Android tablet and just remote back to an OSX image on my private cloud.

And get the hell off my lawn! I got printer cables older’n you young kids!