Here's to 3rd parties
Come on, the battery sounds neat-o, the price is in the ok-range (Euroshafting as usual), one will have to see how it performs in real life.
In fact, taking away the possibility to replace it on the go gives 3rd parties a superb opportunity: Sell 17" Mac-heads external batteries that come with a Magsafe cable. This has a number of advantages:
- variable in size
- no need to match Apple's hardware in shape or color
- one model fits all Macbooks, not just the 17"
- can sell to other makes by just changing the cable
To the user it should not really matter as much whether they lug along a second battery or hook up an external one.