I’m not sure if there is some kind of inside joke running in the industry where companies copy one another’s exact behaviour, but after Sony and Nintendo both announced pink versions of their consoles within the space of a few days, Apple has now joined Dell in recalling millions of laptop batteries.
Once again the reason given is they may “pose a fire hazard” and it is thought to affect up to 1.1m iBooks and Powerbooks sold in the US between October 2003 and August 2004 and as many as 700,000 sold around the world.
Apple specifically lists the 12in iBook G4, battery model number A1061 with serial numbers Z338 through to ZZ427, 3K429 through to 3K611amd 6C510 through to 6C626; the 12in PowerBook G4 with battery model number A1079 and serial numbers ZZ411 through to ZZ427 and 3K428 through to 3K611 and the 15in PowerBook G4 with battery model numbers A1078 and A1148 with serial numbers 3K425 through to 3K601, 6N530 through to 6N551 and 6N601. Once again the cells in the batteries were manufactured by Sony.
Free replacement batteries will be supplied to all customers with Apple recommending you stop using these batteries immediately and run your laptops off mains power until the replacement arrives. A dedicated page has been set up by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission here should you wish to know more. In all, it makes me wonder just what Sony has been up to since the King of Proprietary hasn’t requested the recall of any of its Vaios.
If it doesn’t then… well, I’ve heard of spiking the punch but this is ridiculous…