What’s more, the new powerhouse has a charge cycle life of 1,000 charges which is leaps and bounds beyond the shelf life of a standard laptop battery. While those are some remarkable specs, it doesn’t mean that the new battery is immune to problems of course and Murphy’s Law makes it likely that problems will occur after the one-year battery warranty has expired.
It also can’t (shouldn’t) be replaced by end-users so what happens if the pack starts to go after its estimated five-year lifespan and you want to swap it out for a new one - though we can hardly imagine using the same notebook for two years, let alone five. Apple has just put up a support page detailing the process and cost to put your mind at ease as you debate shelling out that $2,800 - $4,000 on a shiny new Pro.
In a nutshell, the replacement battery will run you $179, which includes the installation of your new battery and the disposal of your old one. If you can find your way to an Apple Store, the turn around time is just one day. If you choose to mail your baby to Apple you’re looking at three to four days from the date Apple receives it. If you decide to do it yourself? Well, you probably shouldn't. But if you do, make sure you send us pictures.
There, now you can sleep better at night.
Apple - Support - Replacing the Battery in your MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)
Source [Apple’s new MacBook Pro battery replacement details issued : Boy Genius Report]
[Apple reveals 17-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement details - Engadget]