In more and more today’s products, there is no way to replace battery by user. It’s not like in the old times, when you could replace your battery, if there were no “juice”, with backup battery. In most cases, the only option to recharge your battery now, when you are in the wild, is to use a power bank. As for manufacturers, it’s double-edge – you may remember battery issues with Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung. Similar problem now affects Apple – last week, Apple launched a worldwide recall and replacement program for select 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro units.
Most of affected laptops were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017. The problematic batteries may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Apple already received 26 reports of batteries overheating, including five reports of minor burns and one report of smoke inhalation, as well as 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property, reports Consumer Product Safety Commission. It affects 432 000 units sold in USA and additional 26 000 units sold in Canada.
Are you affected? You can verify it easily at 15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall Program website. You just need a Serial Number. You can find it in About This Mac located under Apple menu () icon in upper-left corner of top menubar. Also, make sure your model is “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)”. If your Mac is affected, just follow steps on recall’s webpage. Also, as Apple said, stop using affected MacBooks Pro ASAP!
Apple will replace battery free of charge and it may take one or two weeks.