Apple recalls 15″ MacBook Pro to avoid battery fires

Apple’s recalling their 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display because their batteries “may pose a fire safety risk.” So if you own a 15″ MacBook Pro, read this.

Overheating batteries are a serious matter and should be acted on immediately. They pose a serious risk. Now, Apple says there are a “limited number” of affected units. Those units were sold between September 2015 and February 2017. That’s about a year and a half span, so a “limited number” could still be a significant amount. But, this isn’t affecting every 15″ rMBP sold. We want to make that clear.

How to check if your MacBook Pro is affected

To check and see if yours or someone you know has an affected MacBook Pro, you can check the serial number at Apple’s support website. Again, the model that is affected by the recall is the “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15″, Mid 2015).”

If your MacBook Pro is eligible, Apple says it will replace the battery for free. So, that actually could be a win-win. You avoid a huge battery fire and your MacBook Pro will likely last longer. The only downside is you have to send your MacBook Pro to the repair center and it could take up to one to two weeks to get it fixed. That is a huge inconvenience for people that are using their MacBook Pros for work. And Apple even says this will not extend the warranty.

No other MacBooks should be affected

Apple says the recall doesn’t affect any other MacBooks. Those with the smaller 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display sold around the same time shouldn’t worry. The company did, however, recall some 2016 13-inch MacBook Pros for a similar battery issue. It just wasn’t as serious as this recall.

Act now

Don’t delay checking your 15″ Retina Display MacBook Pro. If you own one, go straight to Apple’s support website and check the serial number. Battery fires can be very dangerous and shouldn’t be put on the back burner.

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Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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