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Apple recalls older 15-inch MacBook Pros because the batteries could catch fire

Thursday 20/June/2019 - 10:00 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Overheating batteries are no laughing matter، so this may be urgent: Apple has just issued a recall for the 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina Display، saying its batteries “may pose a fire safety risk، according to Verge.”

The company says there are a “limited number” of affected units، sold between September 2015 and February 2017. That could easily be quite a number of laptops over that span. But the company sold that third-generation MacBook Pro between 2012 and 2018، so we’re definitely not talking about every 15-inch rMBP ever sold.

If you know someone who’s holding onto that model — the one with the full-size ports and taller keyboard that doesn’t easily get crippled by dust — you may want to have them check their serial number now at Apple’s support website. Yes، that includes The Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel. We’ve told him. He knows.

The model you’re looking for is the “MacBook Pro (Retina، 15-inch، Mid 2015)،” whose specs you can find here.

If eligible، the company says it’ll replace your battery for free، meaning your older MacBook Pro may wind up lasting longer than it might have normally — much as older iPhones did when Apple offered $29 battery replacements as an apology for throttling the speed of those phones.

The bad news: You’ll need to send your MacBook to one of Apple’s repair centers، and the company’s estimating the fix could take one to two weeks. That’s quite a while، particularly if you need that machine for work. And Apple says this won’t extend your warranty.

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