This may come as a surprise and probably four years a bit too late for Apple MacBook Pro Retina 2015 owners. Apple just recently issued an urgent recall for the aforementioned laptop model and have stated that its batteries “may pose a fire safety risk”.
The model in question is the 15-inch variant only and the company mentioned that there are a “limited number of affected” units which was sold between September 2015 and February 2017. It’s a rough estimate, but if you’re an owner of that specific MacBook Pro Retina model, it’s best that you head to the Apple support website and have your laptop’s serial number checked to see if its affected. Yes, it’s years late and your MacBook Pro might still be doing just fine, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Owners of the 13-inch variant of the same model are not affected.
If your laptop is eligible, Apple will replace your battery free of charge. However, you will have to send your MacBook to the company’s repair centers and it could take one or two weeks to get your battery replaced. The replacement service will be considered a one-off and Apple also mentioned that it won’t extend your device’s warranty.
When asked regarding the cause of the MacBook Pro Retina’s battery to overheat (and potentially go all Samsung Note 7) by The Verge, Apple refused to issue a comment.
While it’s actually later than it should be, it’s good to see that the company has decided to take action in order to prevent potential mishaps from happening to its users regardless of how old their product may be. At least the service is free, given that replacements for Apple products can be very expensive, especially in Malaysia. With Apple having our country in their sights as a potential location to shift product manufacturing, hopefully we could see a drop in certain prices too. Hopefully.