As you probably already know, on Monday, Dell announced the “the largest safety recall in the history of the consumer electronics industry.” The batteries that led to this explosion in the blogosphere (pun intended) were likely used by more companies than just Dell, since they were manufactured by Sony. Coincidentally, Apple has a similar exchange program set up for MacBook Pros sold from February to May of this year. Did Apple use the Sony batteries as well? According to Channel News Asia, a spokeswoman from Apple has reported that they are “looking into the issue.” If this is what it sounds like (a shady way of avoiding the press), expect Apple’s battery exchange program to span more than just February to May; maybe as long as April to July? And if they used these batteries in PowerBooks and iBooks, that could spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E for Apple.
Update: Reuters says the Sony batteries are also used in laptops from Hewlett-Packard Co., Apple Computer Inc., and Lenovo Group Ltd.