Apple has today announced a brand new recall program, this time covering a number of 15-inch MacBook Pro models sold between September 2015 and February 2017. Apple says these machines may suffer from battery problems.
The impacted MacBook Pro machines can be identified based on the serial number they possess and not all MacBook Pros sold during that time are affected.
However, if your MacBook Pro is one that is identified at risk Apple suggests that you stop using it and follow Apple’s instructions to get the battery replaced.
Apple isn’t saying exactly what the problem may cause the battery to overheat and as a result, pose a safety risk. This is also the second recall Apple has conducted this year following a similar move with some of its power bricks.
While Apple isn’t saying that the impacted machines could explode, a video did appear on Reddit earlier this year in which an Apple notebook did exactly that. That machine was a 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2015 so it could be related to this latest recall. It may also be a coincidence.
My MacBook Pro exploded today during normal use. No injuries, luckily. Some damage to the house. Could have been worse – good thing I wasn’t on a plane.
Very curious to see how @Apple responds.@MacRumors @TechCrunch @9to5mac pic.twitter.com/pjmpv5Mx9b
— White Panda (@whitepanda) May 29, 2019
At this point it’s important to remember that any computer, phone, or general gadget with a battery inside is at risk of such things. Batteries can and do catch fire as Samsung will attest. Apple’s move to recall machines may be an abundance of caution, but it’s one it should absolutely exhibit.
If you own a MacBook Pro that requires replacement be sure to get it done as soon as possible. Head here to get started.
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