Apple is having battery troubles again, moving on from iPhones to MacBooks this time; specifically the 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar). It seems some units are prone to battery expansions if a certain component fails.
While this sounds dangerous, Apple claims it isn’t a safety issue. There’s no mention of any reported incidents in its announcement either. In any case, the company is promising to replace eligible batteries for free. The affected 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar)’s were produced between October 2016 and October 2017.
To narrow things down, Apple has set up a page for its battery replacement program. If you think your 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) could be affected, you can enter your serial number into the box and see if you’re eligible.
Your MacBook’s serial number can be obtained by navigating to About This Mac from the Apple logo or on the back of the laptop. Once you’ve determined that your device is at risk, you can choose to find an Apple Authorized Service Provider, make an appointment at an Apple Retail Store, or mail your notebook to the Apple Repair Center.
Your 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) will be examined before the service to check if its qualified and in working order. Any problems discovered will have to be fixed before the battery can be replaced. After that, it’s a matter of 3 to 5 days for service to take place. It’s best to backup your data before doing any of this.
Apple is going to keep this program around for 5 years after the first retail sale of the unit. The actual warranty on your MacBook will stay the same. If you’ve already swapped out your battery, you can get in touch with the brand about a refund.