Battery replacement programs are all the rage these days (if you’re Apple), and it looks like the company is opening a new program for one of its MacBooks.
Based on a report from 9to5Mac, Apple today launched a battery replacement program for the non Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro. According to Apple, there is a small number of the specific MacBook Pro model that were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017 that are suffering from battery issues. For those with the model, they have a few options, as usual: They can visit an official Apple retail store, walk into an Authorized Service Provider, or they can mail in their MacBook Pro to get it serviced and mailed back.
If you think you might have an affected 13-inch MacBook Pro, you can find out for sure if you head through this link right here.
“Apple has determined that, in a limited number of 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) units, a component may fail causing the built-in battery to expand. This is not a safety issue and Apple will replace eligible batteries, free of charge. Affected units were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017 and eligibility is determined by the product serial number.”
Apple does make sure to note that this battery replacement will not extend the standard warranty on the 13-inch MacBook Pro. If you have the affected model and have already paid for a battery replacement, you can contact Apple directly and get a refund scheduled.
These types of programs are a nice touch, and one of the reasons why Apple’s replacement and repair programs are so well regarded. It might only be a select model that’s affected, but it’s good to see that Apple is also offering refunds for folks who might have already paid for a replacement.