Apple launches battery replacement program for certain MacBook Pros







 Apple is launching a new free battery replacement procedure. This time, it concerns some MacBook Pros manufactured between 2016 and 2017.

While rumors speculate about the upcoming introduction of an all-new MacBook Pro sporting a new chassis and powered by an Apple Silicon chip, the Cupertino company continues to pay the costs for the current generation. This time it is the batteries of certain models which are in question.



Are you affected by this program?

In a new support page, Apple explains that some users are affected by an issue: the battery does not charge beyond 1%. Without further clarification, the company specifies that the number of people concerned is limited.

Models with this problem were produced in 2016 and 2017:

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15 inches, 2016)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)

To find out if your computer is eligible for this battery replacement program, you can check the status of the battery, which should be “Repair Recommended”. To do this, go to System Preferences Battery Battery Status.

For Macs running macOS Catalina just hold down the Option key while clicking on the battery icon. If this message appears, you can contact Apple Support to have your MacBook Pro supported at no cost.

Note that the company has released an update for macOS Big Sur in version 11.2.1 which precisely corrects the loading problems for these models. It is therefore possible that the message on the battery status is linked to the prior installation of this update, still weighing 2.43 GB.




A generation riddled with problems

This is not the first time that Apple has to implement certain programs for the current generation of these machines. From their release, butterfly keyboards had been widely criticized and several users pointed to randomly non-functional keys.

In addition, in 2018, Apple had already implemented a battery change process for models manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017 because of certain risks of swelling.

It remains to be seen whether the next generation expected for this year will not be affected by so many problems.




Source : Apple

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