Apple has updated its AppleCare terms for the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro to include battery replacements for devices that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity. The change comes just a few days after AppleCare+ was updated to cover Apple Watch and iOS devices that retain less than 80 percent of their original charge.
“Your Apple One Year Limited Warranty or AppleCare Protection Plan includes replacement coverage for a defective battery,” reads Apple’s latest battery terms. “If you purchased an AppleCare Protection Plan for your Mac notebook with a non-removable battery, Apple will replace the notebook battery at no charge if it retains less than 80 percent of its original capacity.”
Previously, AppleCare did not cover batteries that “have stopped working or are exhibiting diminished capacity due to normal use,” so unless there was a manufacturing defect, replacing them incurred a fee. It’s worth noting, however, that Apple only mentioned machines with non-removable batteries.
That includes MacBooks made in late 2009 and later, all MacBook Airs, all Retina MacBook Pros, and regular MacBook Pros (13- and 15-inch models) made after mid-2009 and later.
If you do not have AppleCare coverage on your MacBook, but it needs a battery replacement, Apple says it will carry out the procedure for a fee. MacRumors reports that out-of-warranty service charges range between $129 and $199 depending on the machine.