Apple makes 2021 MacBook Pro’s battery much easier to replace

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2021 MacBook Pro teardown battery
All six cells can be easily removed.
Photo: iFixit

When the time comes to replace the battery inside your 2021 MacBook Pro, you can avoid the pricey repair shops. Apple has made this particular process significantly easier than it was on earlier MacBook models.

All six battery cells inside the new machines are easily accessible — with no need to remove the logic board first — and much easier to remove. The changes make for a fairly simply at-home repair for those who are brave enough.

2021 MacBook Pro’s battery is easy to remove

The 2021 MacBook Pro marks a big change of direction for Apple’s portable machines. It not only brings back a number of useful ports that were removed in 2016, including MagSafe, but it also does away with the controversial Touch Bar.

It seems Apple has made some reversals on the inside of the new notebook, too. iFixit has discovered during its 2021 MacBook Pro teardown that all six of the machine’s battery cells are easy to access, and easy to remove.

“As we peer into the guts, we notice something we haven’t seen in a long time in a MacBook Pro, three words that make our hair stand on end: battery pull tabs,” it said. “Even better, it appears the battery isn’t trapped under the logic board.”

Sadly, this doesn’t mean that battery swaps are a simple as they were before Apple brought the aluminum unibody to the MacBook Pro in 2008 — when the battery could be easy popped out without opening up the machine at all.

Good news for DIY repairers

But it’s a big change that will make replacing the 2021 MacBook Pro’s battery significantly easier. All you need to do to get to its battery cells are remove its bottom cover and trackpad — which are relatively simple to do.

The batteries are held in place with adhesive, which can be removed by pulling on small tabs, like those found inside iPhone and iPad.

“We’ve still got a long way to go with disassembly, but this new MacBook Pro has, at the very least, the first reasonably DIY-friendly battery replacement procedure since 2012,” iFixit said.

The full teardown is still being carried out, so be on the lookout for interesting updates if you’re keen to know what’s inside the new MacBook Pro.