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Apple Recalls Older MacBook Pros Over Fire Risk

Batteries will be replaced free in affected model
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2019 4:16 PM CDT
A 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is displayed in New York in 2012.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(Newser) – Apple is recalling some older 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops, saying their batteries could overheat and "pose a fire safety risk." The company said it will replace the batteries free, CNBC reports. The laptops affected lack the Touch Bar keyboard. They were sold from September 2015 to February 2017 and is listed as "MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)" in system settings. Owners can see if their model is affected by punching the serial number into an Apple site.

If the serial number is a hit, owners will have to send the laptop to a repair center and do without it for up to two weeks. A new battery could make an older MacBook Pro last longer than it otherwise would, the Verge points out. That's what happened when Apple offered $29 battery replacements for older iPhones to make up for slowing the speed of those phones. The warranty will not be extended on the affected laptops, Apple said. (Read more Apple stories.)

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