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How do you replace the battery in your Apple device?

Apple doesn’t believe in designing devices in which the user can replace the battery. Because lithium-ion batteries tend to die after two or three years (at least they did in the past, maybe current generation batteries are better), this encourages you to upgrade when your battery no longer holds a charge.

Catherine Rampell also thinks that Apple intentionally designed iOS 7 to make older iPhones suck, thus encouraging upgrade.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

October 29, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Posted in Economics

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  1. Have you met her yet?

    uatu

    October 29, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    • Have you met her yet?

      It’s only a matter of time. Every other article of hers is an obvious ploy to troll this blog.

      The horny bitch wants it.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      October 29, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      • This article of hers, for example, is all about value transference.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        October 29, 2013 at 9:11 PM

  2. I don’t like iOS7. My gmail app no longer works the same. Other apps demand that I compromise my privacy settings. I feel like I’m being strip-searched by my apps. I am reluctantly updating all my apps right now; I have 44 apps in need of upgrading. I’m exhausted, suffering from many severe psychological conditions: Upgrade Fatigue, Upgrade Remorse, and Post-Upgrade Stress Disorder.

    radicaldesi

    October 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM

  3. I’ve had my 2012 Mac Air apart (long story). It should take a competent service tech 15 minutes to swap batteries in a Mac Air. I recognize relatively few people are going to realize how easy it is, but since this site prides itself on being at the vanguard of under-appreciated truths, I thought I’d mention it.

    Portlander

    October 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

  4. To be fair, making the battery non-removable does make their physical design problems a bit easier. They can run wires and other components around both sides of the battery, rather than having to leave one side open for access.

    I’m not saying planned obsolescence isn’t a notable reason they do it that way – I’m just saying there are other reasons as well.

    mavwreck

    October 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    • And what does it say about our society, that someone vibrant like Catherine Rampell is isolated by cultural taboos from the type of smart, trustworthy guys who could tell her that? And maybe replace the battery, to boot?

      He would probably be kindly and considerate, read all her articles, and support her career goals, unlike the shallow value-transferee guys who are supposedly entitled to privileged access to her social circle.

      Fiddlesticks

      October 29, 2013 at 12:54 PM

  5. I’ve done it on my IPod Classic. I went to YouTube and watched a short video on how to change the battery then I ordered the battery and case opening tool for around $13.00 from Amazon. Getting the case open is a little challenging, but it does open. The toughest thing for me was plugging in the very tiny ribbon cable plug. The plug ends are very tiny and appear quite vulnerable to bending. You’ll need good close-up vision or a magnifier and good fine motor control. Good luck.

    Nedd Ludd

    October 29, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    • The plug ends are very tiny and appear quite vulnerable to bending. You’ll need good close-up vision or a magnifier and good fine motor control.

      But Apple knows their SWPL/Yuppie target market isn’t good enough with tools to fix their products like you did. Instead of using their hands, the bourgeois class will prefer giving Apple their money for an upgrade. Just one of many reasons Apple has banked +$100 billion cash.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      October 29, 2013 at 9:18 PM

  6. If Apple designed it so the battery can’t be replaced, then battery replacement is something you shouldn’t want to do. If this were truly a desirable feature, Apple would have made its products that way. You need to have more faith in the experts who design these things.

    steve@steve.com

    October 29, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    • The problem with this comment is that it’s hard to tell the Applyte from the person mocking him.

      trumwill

      October 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM

  7. Why do people still buy iphones religiously???

    There are many suitable competitors in the market nowadays. I personally went with a Samsung Galaxy S4.

    Jay

    October 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    • I hate, hate, hate the Galaxy S3. If the S4 is anything like the S3, then it sucks.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      October 29, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      • What do you hate about the S3???

        Jay

        October 29, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      • It sucks compared to iPhone.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        October 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      • The S4 is a significant upgrade to the S3 since it has a much higher resolution screen, camera, processor, and other associated technology. In fact, most reviews put it as better than the iphone 5.

        The new iphone5S fares better against the S4, but again the difference is not what it used to be. The newer phones have caught up to the iphone, and in some ways surpass it.

        Jay

        October 29, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      • Whatever other comparisons one may make. One of us owns an S3 and one of us owns an iPhone. Only one of us has the problem you describe in the OP.

        trumwill

        October 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      • Love, love, love the S4. But it does take a while to learn all of the features.

        J1

        October 29, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    • I’m on the S4 – it is a piece of shit. Far inferior to the iPhone.

      Of course Apple are fuckers, as you say. Our tolerance for shit like the inbuilt obsolence of these devices is amazing.

      Podsnap

      October 29, 2013 at 5:36 PM

  8. “random crazies on the Internet”

    Ouch.

    islandmommy

    October 29, 2013 at 5:24 PM

  9. You don’t have to upgrade to the latest iOS if you don’t want to. I’m still using iOS 6 on my iPhone 4s (though I’ll be getting a 5c soon — don’t feel like waiting for the 5s which is continually out of stock at my local store).

    Dave Pinsen

    October 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM

  10. By making the battery non user replaceable, they can just glue it in place during the manufacturing process. This allows them to make the product thinner which is a big selling point. I think that’s the primary reason. Obsolescence and reduced manufacturing costs are side benefits.

    theodoric

    October 29, 2013 at 8:17 PM

  11. My co-worker’s son bought her a $400 I-pod when the 80 gig units first came out. I think he expected her to let him use it.
    She used it so lightly, the battery died within a few months. She sent it in under warrantee and they tried to claim that it was working fine. When she called to complain, they tried to sell her the latest $400 model. I guess once you tell them you’re a sucker, they assume you’re always going to be one.
    At that time, I swore I’d never buy Apple and I didn’t for a long time. I finally broke down and got an Ipad2 with credit card reward points – well, my wife did. The kids use it the most to watch Youtube videos and play Smurfs, but they prefer the Samsung tablet.

    culdesachero

    October 29, 2013 at 9:11 PM

  12. I have a Sandisk MP3 player from 2006 with the original lithium ion battery that still holds a charge for about a month.

    derk7

    October 29, 2013 at 10:55 PM

  13. i finally broke down and got the iphone 5s. typing on it sucks, it’s not even really typing, it’s just jabbing at a piece of glass and hoping the computer can guess what you meant. but i love the device in spite of this – i use it running and it is so much cooler than the high-end GPS watch i used to use.

    with regards to this posting – can we have a dose of realism here?

    do we really think consumer technology should be magically innovative, yet cheap, and be able to last forever through simple maintenance … otherwise it is a conspiracy to rip us off?

    apple’s widespread use of tax avoidance is the only “evil” aspect of the company I can think of. basically ripping off every taxpaying sucker in the US. the part of steve job’s charm folks don’t like to think about.

    lion of the lionosphere

    October 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    • do we really think consumer technology should be magically innovative, yet cheap, and be able to last forever through simple maintenance … otherwise it is a conspiracy to rip us off?

      You’re probably correct.

      But it’s more satisfying to assume the worst about people; so conspiracy it is!

      The Undiscovered Jew

      October 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

  14. If you take care of your battery they last a long time. Apple (and other quality) batteries probably last longer than cheap off-brand batters. For example, I have:

    1. a 6 year old MacBook with the original (user replaceable) battery and it works fine.

    2. a 3 year old MacBook Pro (not replaceable battery) that I use every single day (sometimes on battery sometimes on A/C) and it still gets 7+ hours on a charge.

    2. a Galaxy S with the original Samsung 3+ year old battery, works fine.

    3. a 6-year old iPhone 3G (not 3GS), which also holds a charge, though not a great charge.

    If you don’t leave the devices in a hot car or otherwise abuse the batteries, they last a long time. Most people will upgrade for other reasons before serious battery problems arise. Apple is right that designing for replaceable batteries is an unnecessary requirement.

    Anonymous

    October 30, 2013 at 8:39 PM


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