Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Another piece of Apple design that drives me nuts

The Apple wireless keyboard and its side loading battery slot. Here's mine. The batteries needed replacing.

To get at the batteries you open a little circular cover on the right hand side and slide the batteries out. Or not. If one of the batteries has split open (even a small amount) it becomes jammed inside the slot and there's so little room that it's very hard to get it out.

There's a battery in there. Poking something into the hole doesn't help because you end up jamming the battery in further. The only viable option is to hit the keyboard on a hard object (e.g. the table) repeatedly and violently until the battery comes out.

It was a painful experience taking a piece of Apple hardware and whacking it on the table.

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