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Apple Store was $600 and WRONG - I fixed it for $99!

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MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2014

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MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2014 Battery Replacement

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Mi Problema

My daughter's MacBook Pro "lost" its battery - wouldn't hold a charge, wouldn't run unless it was plugged in. I took it to the Apple Store and they refused the repair, claiming it had been wet. They based that on a small area of corrosion right next to the battery connector - we don't remember it ever getting wet but they wouldn't fix it for less than $600, claiming it was a logic board problem.

She used it as a desktop for a while but ultimately it kept coming unplugged while she was working and it became unusable. I decided to ask on iFixit and see if the community thought trying a battery was worth the effort before I threw it onto the scrap pile and bought her a new machine.

Mi Solucion

I ordered a battery kit and received it a couple days later. I was delighted to see that it came with all the tools I needed, included the adhesive remover to get out the glued-in battery pack. It took me nearly two hours to get it out, get it cleaned up, and get the new battery pack glued in. When I put the last screw in and turned it on, I was thrilled to hear the startup sound - with no cord required!

Mi Consejo

The instructions were nearly perfect. There was one step where there's a small potential pitfall, but I've already commented on the instructions with that gotcha.

My biggest piece of advice would be that it absolutely takes as long as it looks like it will - but it's so worth it to fix a perfectly good computer instead of being forced to throw it away over a battery.

Imagen MacBook Pro 15" Retina (Late 2013-Mid 2014) Battery
MacBook Pro 15" Retina (Late 2013-Mid 2014) Battery


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There is a lot apple don’t tell you and they, in my opinion, are sometimes rather underhanded. The release of the latest OS Mojave has seen the “official demise” of many hardware both desktops and laptops. However, it isn’t because those machines cannot handle it but by deliberate design. Apple are in the business of selling hardware and if there was a law for it they would be criminals in their “throw away” mentallity.

I recently rebuilt a 2008 Macbook Pro 4,1 which is on the “unsupported” list. The machine has never ran so smoothly and efficiently.

If you are curious and prepared for a challenge, search “Mojave patching”. You’ll come across a comprehensive guide with a complete list of official unsupported models that can actually easily cope with the patch (overrides hardware write out on official OS build).

I love apple products but consider those in control sometimes greedy and draconian in their approach to consumers.

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