Apple Launches Battery Replacement Program For Some MacBook Pros (Updated)

Is your older MacBook Pro refusing to charge past 1%? If so, Apple may give you a new battery for free.

Apple says it will replace the batteries in 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros if those models won’t charge past 1%. And, for good measure, the company aso released an update to its macOS operating system to help with the problem.

In a support document, the company says the issue is not widespread:

A very small number of customers with 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro computers have experienced an issue with the battery not charging past 1%.

The battery health status on these devices will also indicate “Service Recommended.” If the status indicates that your battery is Normal, your battery is not affected by this issue.

If your 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro exhibits these behaviors, 
contact Apple to get your battery replaced, free of charge. Your computer will be examined prior to service to verify that it is eligible for the free battery replacement.

Apple also detailed the specific models affected:

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-­inch, 2016)

MacBook Pro (15-­inch, 2017)

If you suspect your Apple laptop from this era has this problem, you can check its battery health. In macOS 11 Big Sur, click the Apple menu icon in the Menu Bar, then System Preferences > Battery > Choose Battery in the sidebar > Battery Health.

If you use macOS Catalina or earlier, hold down the Option key and click the battery icon in the Menu Bar, which will show its status.

If your MacBook Pro is affected, it will show “Service Recommended.”

You should also install the latest updates to your…