Apple made the process of replacing the battery on the new MacBook Air a much easier process than on its old laptops.
The news comes from MacRumors, which obtained a document from Apple’s internal Service Readiness Guide which confirms that if the battery on the MacBook Air needs to be replaced, it’s a fairly straightforward process. That hasn’t always been the case with past Apple laptops.
To replace the batteries on the newer 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro, it necessitated replacing the entire top casing enclosure including the keyboard and trackpad because the battery was glued to it. With the new MacBook Air, the battery is still glued to the top casing but Apple is providing Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers with tools to remove the battery without requiring to replace the top casing.
According to the repair guide, once the new battery is installed, repair technicians will have to place the computer in a press tool similar to what they do to install iPhone batteries to activate the MacBook Air battery adhesive to stay firmly in place.
This is a much more efficient process that should lead to cheaper battery replacements. The repair guide also revealed that the trackpad can be replaced individually and the Touch ID fingerprint scanner can be replaced without needing a new logic board, though it does need to pass Apple’s diagnostic tests to function properly.