The Truth Behind Macbook Battery Replacements

At a certain point in the life-time of owning a Macbook, it is inevitable that you will need to go for Macbook battery replacements. Apple’s own webpage about Macbook battery replacements states that Macbook batteries have “a limited lifespan and may eventually need to be serviced or recycled”. Apple’s webpage also states that Macbook batteries retain about “80 per cent of its original capacity at 1,000 complete charge cycles”. This is a myth. In real world, this statistic never runs true.

In our own experience with replacing hundreds of Apple Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, and Macbook Pro Retina batteries, the amount of time a Macbook can remain powered diminishes drastically once the battery hits around 300 – 500 charge cycles. The capacity of the battery would be around 80% once it reaches 300 charge cycles. Additionally, the battery status bar will usually prompt the user to “Service Battery” or “Replace Battery” when the battery reaches 300 – 500 cycles. In our 3 years of operation, we have only seen 2 Macbook Pro 13″ batteries reach 1000 cycles before the “service battery” status appears.

Macbook Battery Replacements

Service battery – Macbook needs battery replacement

Apple Authorised Service Providers in Singapore charge high prices, between $400 – $600, for Macbook battery replacements. They also have a slow turnaround of 5 days. Many customers, repulsed by the high prices and slow turnaround time, have turned to independent Mac repair providers for cheaper Macbook battery replacements. However, it is not an easy feat to decide which place to go to, as the prices of Macbook batteries varies widely. Many repair shops have also claimed that their batteries are original Apple batteries. How do customers then know whether they are taken for a ride?

Our experience with working with different MacBook battery suppliers and our tear downs shows that there are no new original MacBook Pro unibody batteries. Only MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina possibly have original circuitry batteries with original or OEM lithium cells. It is not worth it to pay high prices for MacBook Pro Unibody batteries that sellers claim to be original. These batteries are likely OEM third-party batteries or refurbished batteries. Refurbished batteries are used original batteries with less than full capacity, but had their plastic covers replaced with brand new ones. The cycle count on these batteries have also been reseted to 0, as evidenced by a patch on the original circuitry in such batteries.

The only original batteries we have come across are Macbook Air and Macbook Pro Retina batteries, but it is hard to ascertain whether they are originals as Apple does not sell MacBook batteries or iPhone batteries directly to independent repair centres. Almost all iPhone batteries sold in the market that shops claim to be original are OEM batteries printed with an Apple logo.

Here at Mac Plus, we are truthful that our MacBook Pro Unibody batteries and MacBook Air batteries are good quality OEM batteries. Some of our MacBook Air batteries might be originals manufactured by the same manufacturers that manufacture for Apple. All our MacBook Pro Retina batteries have original circuitry and original ICs. Our batteries come with 6 months 1-1 exchange warranty as well as free installation.

Data Recovery for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 2016 – 2017 Now Available

Data Recovery for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Data Recovery for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is Finally Possible

We now have the capability to recover data from spoilt beyond repair MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 13″ and 15″ 2016 to 2017 models with our newly acquired proprietary Data Transfer Device that is not available to the public and is currently unavailable worldwide. This means that we might be the only independent Mac service centre in Singapore to offer data recovery for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar that were released in 2016 and 2017 that are beyond repair. Without the Apple Data Transfer Device, Data recovery for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 13″ and 15″ models is impossible due the on-board design of the solid-state drive on which data is stored.

Data recovery for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

The MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch with Touch Bar have soldered on Solid-state Drives making Data Recovery Possible Only with Official Apple Tools

For the uninitiated, the data recovery for any MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac and Mini that is beyond repair is only possible if the hard drive or solid-state drive that the data is stored on can be removed and connected to another Mac for copying the data. The MacBook Pro 13″ and 15″ with Touch Bar released in 2016 and 2017 have unremovable soldered on solid-state drives. This means that in the event the MacBook Pro is beyond repair, the solid-state drive cannot be removed for data retrieval. If the drive cannot be removed, data recovery for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is impossible for repair centres that do not have access to special tools.

However, Apple has a secret built-in a diagnostic port on the logic board of the MacBook Pro 13″ A1706 and 15″ 1707 with Touch Bar as a workaround for data recovery. This port enables the data on the solid-state drive to be read using a special proprietary Data Transfer Device which makes data recovery for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar possible. The proprietary Data Transfer Device was previously only available to Apple Genius Bars and Apple Authorised Service Providers.

Data recovery for Macbook Pro with Touch Bar

A Special Cable from the Data Transfer Device Connects to an Internal Port on the Logic Board for Data Recovery

One end of the special flex data cable from the Data Transfer Device connects to the port of the spoilt logic board and the other end connects via a cable to a working Mac for data recovery. The data recovery for Macbook Pro with Touch Bar is a delicate process as the data cable is very fragile, and only certain Macs are able to read data off the Data Transfer Device. It requires trained personnel to operate.

Do come to us if you need data recovery for your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. We offer data recovery services for other MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini and external storage devices as well.