I received an interesting note about Apple’s recent replacement of most (if not all) of the PowerBook batteries available in their retail stores, presumably due to the recent Aluminum PowerBook 15-inch battery recall on 20 August 2004.
You will recall that when Apple recently updated the PowerBooks to run at 1.5Ghz, they also introduced a slightly improved battery (went from 46 Watt-Hours to 50 Watt-Hours. Unfortunately, they did NOT change the order number for this battery, at least not on the spec sheet. It still says M9325G/A.
But, today I actually found the new battery in an Apple store. The new order number is M9756G/A. There is another way to tell if you have the new battery. On the battery itself it says “Model No. A1045” for the OLD battery (including the ones that were recalled). The NEW battery says “Model No. A1078.”
Obviously, there is a lot of old stock floating around. A recent visit to the Apple store in downtown revealed that they had opened and re-sealed EVERY box, presumably to look for serial numbers for the recall.
A new MacFixIt article deals with an age-old PowerPage topic: Dealing with accidental beverage spills on your PowerBook/iBook.
Immediate post-spill procedure Perhaps the most important step in avoiding permanent damage to a PowerBook or iBook that has been introduced to a spilled liquid is immediately unplugging the unit, removing the battery, and performing a perfunctory wipe-down with a clean, dry cloth and/or cotton tip.
Next, if your PowerBook has a removable keyboard, lift it from the unit and allow the internal components to dry
QuickerTek announced new high-gain versions of their PowerBook wireless antennas. The new design reportedly more than doubles the signal strength of its Whip antenna (US$99.95). The company also reduced the price of their Apple Airport Base Station antenna upgrades as well as the Whip antenna for PowerBook G4 titaniums, which are now US$69.95 each.