Apple Recalls Older MacBook Pro Citing Battery Hazards
One of the most essential components of any mobile computing system is undoubtedly its battery pack, be it smartphones or laptops. What shouldn’t be taken lightly, however, is how potentially dangerous they can be if mounted incorrectly. Overheating is a serious danger when proper precautions are not taken and may cause serious harm to anyone by ignition or explosion (See Samsung Galaxy Note 7). Hence, Apple has issued a warning and recall for the 2015 MacBook Pros with Retina Display.
Apple has reported that the batteries “may pose a fire safety risk.” Furthermore, the company stated that the risk affects only a limited number of units sold between September 2015 and February 2017. Although it will be far and few models that are actually affected between the period, it is still a great number considering the number of units that could be sold in a time frame of two years. Apple has sold the third generation MacBook Pro from 2012 to 2018, so not every device will fall under this risk.
Owners of this version may want to check their serial numbers at the Apple’s support website. The model in question is the “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)”. One will get a free battery replacement if they contact Apple, should the company deem them eligible. Unfortunately, the whole process might actually take about two weeks to resolve. This is a long wait for individuals who use their Mac laptops on a regular basis.
Instructions to check Battery Replacement eligibility
- Visit this link
- Enter your serial number. (Users can obtain their computers serial number by clicking the Apple logo in the top left and clicking ‘About This Mac’). The serial number will be displayed under the ‘overview’ tab.
Furthermore, Apple has stated that no other devices such as the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display are affected which were sold in the same time period. Likewise, in the past, the company had recalled 2016 13-inch MacBook Pros as well, although not for safety issues.
The tech giant is yet to announce the exact details regarding the risk and fire hazard that users potentially face.
It is still unclear exactly when the overheating battery issue was originally uncovered, regardless it is a risk that customers should be aware of. Apple has faced many past allegations related to quality control and battery issues, but it is praiseworthy that the company is willing to pay for faulty units out of its own pocket. Loyal Apple fans might just get a free battery pack after all. Still, user caution is advised for safety until the replacement programme is complete.