Apple Announces 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) Battery Replacement Program

Noel Cummings
April 24, 2018

Additionally, the program doesn't extend the MacBook's existing warranty.

Apple has announced that it will offer a free battery replacement to any 13-inch MacBook Pro, after it was reported that some units were suffering from a component flaw. Yes, you heard that right. If yours is in an affected batch, just take your laptop into an authorised Apple dealer, a retail store or post it to the fix centre and your MacBook will come back with a new battery, which should give its stamina a shot in the arm. Apple says affected devices will have been manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017, but not every product matching that description will be eligible. This information can be found by navigating to Apple (logo) About This Mac or on the underside of the computer near its regulatory markings. It seems that the issue is affecting Apple customers throughout the world since customers in Malaysia are included in the program as well. Click on this link and enter the serial number of the device in the search box on the page, and hit submit. If it is, you can send it off to Apple or take it into an Apple Store to get the battery swapped for free.

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Since not all 13-inch Pros without Touch Bar are affected (other and older models aren't prone to the same component failure) you'll first have to make sure you're covered under the program.

The company later apologised and lowered the price of battery replacements for affected models to $29 from $79.

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The only fix is to replace the battery. Note that, the non-touch bar Macbook Pro can only opt out this program and the same is not present for any other Macbooks. And, there you will find the serial number. You will need to get in touch with Apple Support for that.

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