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Questions on Macbook Pro 13" (retina model) battery & SSD

Posted on 2013-01-19
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Q1:
As the Retina 13" model just came out, it's battery must be pretty
new & which battery (the older Macbook Pro's or the Macbook Air's
battery) is the one that could be used for it.

Q2:
Which of the following would work:
  http://www.amazon.com/Replacement-Macbook-13-Inch-Battery-5600mAh/dp/B0012QN3AA
  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DHYKVS/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3?pf_rd_p=1278548962&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0012QN3AA&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0E9KXYY548D2DRTKT07C
  http://www.sg-electronics-home.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=13+macbook+pro+&x=12&y=7&gclid=CLvaps2Q9rQCFVEX6wod_C4A3Q

Q3:
Is there such thing as 9-cell (or longer lasting) battery for Macbook Pro retina?

Q4:
If I buy a SANDisk SSD (of higher capacity) & replace the existing retina's
128GB Flash drive HDD, would this work (I'll take an Acronis backup to
restore over).  Will replacing with another brand's SSD void the warranty?

Btw, what's the part number of the 13" Retina model.  Think the older
Macbook Pro is known as   A1185
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About your question #3, here is a discussion:

Someone said the Macbook Pro w/ retina display had the "longest lasting battery".
It does not.
The point is, the retina MacBookPro has the best battery life in its class.
The Thinkpad T61 weighed about 4.5 lbs with the 4 cell, but with the 9 cell it weighed in at over 6 pounds. The retina MBP's ability to get 7 hours of battery life while driving a 2880x1800 screen is very impressive. Even more impressive is the fact that it only weighs 4.4 lbs.

Conclusion is that it may not justify using a 9 cell battery due to the impressive retina display for MBP.
So. maybe the retina display, the 7 hour battery life and the 4.4 pounds in weight is worth more to you than a 9 cell battery.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1273577/anandtech-the-next-gen-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-review/20

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#4 about swap out and warranty:

Q: I recently moved to a Mac Book Pro. Even though this is an amazing machine i am finding a lot of waiting time in doing things and recon its only because of the lack of a SSD. am I right?
No, if its the only reason then I would like to swap the HDD for a SSD.
And my question is will this SSD increase my battery life?
And will this void any warranty?

A: Like yourself I swapped the hard drive for a SSD. Choices of other brands.
 Sandisk Extreme - currently one of the fastest out there.
Samsung 830 Series - this is the same one installed in the Macbook Pro Retina.
Battery life will be a little better since the SSD has no moving parts.

 
It will not void your warranty when you do a RAM and/hard drive swap.  
The only time warranty gets void if you damage anything when doing the upgrade.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4319134?start=0&tstart=0
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