Apple begins 13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program


Apple is replacing a number of 13-inch MacBook Pro batteries after reports of a defect causing the built-in battery to expand. Apple has determined that on a limited number of instances, a component may fail and lead to the integrated battery expanding.

Apple is clear that this isn't a safety issue and that it will replace eligible batteries at no cost.

According to documentation provided by Apple, the new replacement program covers 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar models impacted by what appears to be a battery manufacturing flaw.

A number of MacBook users have reported similar issues on Apple's Support Communities forum, with some complaints referencing 17-inch MacBook Pro models last sold in 2009.

Apple noted, that the "your 13-inch MacBook Pro will be examined prior to any service to verify that it is eligible for this program and in working order".

Customers are told to enter in their serial number at this page to see if their unit is eligible.

On Apple's support page for the MacBook Pro, the company has highlighted the following details about the 13-inch notebook. Keep in mind that the service will take between 3-5 days and if there is another problem that is completely separate from the battery conundrum, it will need to be taken care of first and then come to the problem at hand. If in case your laptop is found affected you will need to take your MacBook Pro to either to a nearby Apple Repair Centre, or Apple Retail Store, or Apple Authorised Service Provider to get the unit repaired.

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