Originally Posted by DGNR8
We had a customer purchase a lot of the Core Due Rev A Mac Book and Mac Book Pro's and every single one had to be taken to the Apple Store for this repair, every one of them.
Before I bought my MacBook Core Duo Rev A from eBay, the original owner had the battery replaced about 3 months after he got it in May 2006. I bought the MacBook from him in Jan 2006.
Originally Posted by solipsism
Not surprising. With the Intel transition Apple moved from Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) to Lithium-Polymer-Ion (Li-Poly) batteries. Sony is the biggest pusher of these new batteries. I assume it's mainly due to how these defective batteries react. Li-Ion can explode, while Li-Poly merely expand. Considering the number of notebooks being sold I think the numbers are probably pretty low overall. I'm not an Apple apologist but from what I can tell the problem with these batteries lies with Sony.
I think this is a fair statement. The problem is very likely to be that of the Battery manufacturer.
In general this is the source of both satisfaction and complete frustration with Mac hardware in the past two years, and I suspect through 2007.
On one hand you have certain components that can handle long running at 85degC(185degF) for years and years, while a few others (battery, dvd-burner[YES MY DVD BURNER DIED, though as mentioned previously CDWriting and CD/DVDReading is okay], hard disk[Hitachi "deathstar"], some LCDs) usually bite the dust within 1 or 2 years.
How can Apple improve their subcontracting process? I donch know. However, this is my approach talking to friends, family and (to some degree) clients. Mac hardware is pretty bloody solid. Except for the bits that aren't. But once you replace those when they fail, overall moving forward after that Mac hardware is pretty high quality.