Built-in batteries mean a built-in expiry date for gadgets: lithium-ion batteries slowly lose their ability to hold charge over time, eventually dying an ignominious death, and rendering your expensive gizmo useless. Unless you're MacBook user and you’ve got AppleCare.
In a small change to the policy for AppleCare for Mac spotted by MacRumors, Apple will now cover batteries that hold less than 80 per cent charge. Previously, only ‘defective’ batteries were covered, meaning you could probably talk your way into a free replacement with a kind employee, but you’re basically now guaranteed a fix.
If you don’t have AppleCare, a replacement will cell costs somewhere between £100 and £150, depending on your laptop model. Given that AppleCare itself runs between £200 and £280 for three years, and your battery is virtually guaranteed to wear out in that time, it’s looking like a better and better deal. [AppleCare via MacRumors]