Your MacBook Pro might qualify for a free battery replacement – here’s how to check – BGR


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  • Apple announced that a very small number of MacBook Pro users have experienced an issue where the battery would not charge past 1%.
  • The problem impacts specific MacBook Pro models released in 2016 and 2017, and all those affected are eligible for free battery replacements.
  • Apple also released software updates to prevent similar issues in 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro versions.

Apple’s MacBooks are still the benchmarks for the laptop industry. Everyone else is trying to copy Apple’s idea and come up with notebooks that can beat the MacBook standard. But Apple’s laptops aren’t perfect, and some of them do have issues that need to be corrected.

Apple usually launches free repair programs to address problems whenever they impact enough customers. The anti-reflective display issue that affected some MacBook Pro models and the sticky keys problem that impacted MacBook models are two of the better known repair programs for the Mac. This week, Apple launched another free repair program that MacBook Pro owners should know about, as this concerns a vital notebook component.

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MacBooks offer great battery life, especially the Air, and especially the newest models. But as they age, they will lose capacity, and some batteries will need replacing. When that happens, the battery menu will indicate there’s a problem with the battery that needs addressing, and the repairs can be quite expensive.

In a support document, Apple announced that “a very small number of customers with 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro computers” have encountered an issue where the battery will not charge beyond 1%. As expected, the battery status on these devices will indicate “Service Recommended” if charging stops. In case that happens to your device, you’re eligible for a free battery replacement.

Apple advises users to contact Apple to have the battery replaced free of charge if they own one of the following models:

  • MacBook Pro (13­-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro…