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Apple offers free battery replacement of these MacBook model

Cupertino-based tech giant Apple has announced that it will replace batteries for free for some of the MacBook models. As per a post on Apple’s support page, “a very small number of customers with 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro computers have experienced an issue with the battery not charging past 1%.” There have been MacBook Pro models between 2106-2017 that were facing an issue where the laptops didn’t charge beyond 1%. Apple said that if the 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro exhibits these problems then it will replace the battery free of charge. As expected, the laptop will be examined prior to service to verify that it is eligible for the free battery replacement.


Apple, in fact, had also released a macOS update that prevents this issue from happening to other 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro computers. Apple noted on the support page, “Please update to macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 or later or install the macOS Catalina 10.15.7 supplemental update.”

Apple further said that the battery health status on these devices will also indicate "Service Recommended." If the status indicates that your battery is Normal, your battery is not affected by this issue.

The models that will fall under the free battery replacement models are these:
  • MacBook Pro (13­-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-­inch, 2016)
  • MacBook Pro (15-­inch, 2017)
More details about the Replacement:
  • What is the issue?
Apple has identified an issue where MacBook Pro models are unable to charge above 1%.
  • How will users know if their laptop's battery is affected
The battery health status on these laptops will indicate "Service Recommended." If the status indicates that your battery is Normal, your battery is not affected by this issue.
  • How to check my battery health:
To determine if your battery needs service, check the battery health:
    • In macOS Big Sur, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Battery, select Battery in the sidebar, then click Battery Health.
    • In macOS Catalina or earlier, hold the Option key and click the battery icon in the menu bar to reveal the battery status menu.
  • Affected macOS versions:
The issue comes after update to macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 or or the latest supplemental update of macOS Catalina 10.15.7. Apple also issued a macOS update, macOS 11.2.1, to address the problem and prevent it from spreading in machines that are operating normally.
  • How to update your macOS:
Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Software Update to check for updates. Look for macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 or later or macOS Catalina 10.15.7 supplemental update.

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