Apple has launched a new free battery replacement program for certain malfunctioning MacBook Pro models.
What is the concern?
Some Apple laptops no longer charge beyond a battery charge rate of 1%, which is obviously annoying if you want to take the machine away from any electrical outlet …
According to Apple, the battery indicator should also mention a “Needs replacement” status. If the indicator is “Normal”, then your MacBook Pro is not affected by this problem.
To find the battery indicator, on macOS Catalina or previous version, simply click on the battery icon in the menu bar with the “Alt” key held down. On macOS Big Sur, you have to go to the Apple menu () at the top left of the menu bar, choose “System Preferences” then “Battery” and finally “Battery Status”.
Which MacBook Pro are affected?
The malfunction would only affect a very small part of MacBook Pro 2016 and 2017. Here are precisely the models that can be affected and therefore benefit from this free replacement program from Apple:
- MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2016 with 2 Thunderbolt ports
- MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2017 with 2 Thunderbolt ports
- MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2016 with 4 Thunderbolt ports
- MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2017 with 4 Thunderbolt ports
- MacBook Pro 15 ″ 2016
- MacBook Pro 15 ″ 2017
Users affected by this issue can attempt to update macOS to version 11.2.1 of the software. If this does not solve the problem, then you should contact Apple directly, via this link, for a free battery change in due form. If your computer model is one of those listed above, but does not suffer from the malfunction indicated or the problem disappeared after updating macOS, we still recommend that you attempt the replacement in order to – to benefit from a new battery at no extra cost.
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