Apple Is Replacing 2012 And 2013 Retina MacBook Pro Requiring Battery Service With Newer Models


The ability of a laptop's battery to hold a charge wears out over time and demands a replacement. If you have taken the AppleCare+ coverage, your battery will be replaced for free. If you haven't, the out of warranty charge is $199 in the United States. Now, Apple is replacing the 2012 and early 2013 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro that requires battery service. Apple details the change in an internal note shared by the company with its Authorized Service Providers and service center, saying that there have been shortages of the top case assemblies with integrated batteries. So let's dive in to see some more details on the subject.

Apple Exchanging Some 2012 And Early 2013 MacBook Pros Requiring Battery Service With Newer Models

The severe shortage in top case assemblies is expected to last until mid September of this year. Moreover, there have been no official statements from Apple as to why the shortages prevail. Henceforth, Apple is giving two options to users who are in need of a battery replacement; to either delay the replacement until September or to replace their device with a similar model. Dozens of Reddit users have reported the policy.

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However, there's an advantage for users who are asked to wait for September to get the replacement. Apple is not charging the $199 fee to users who opt to get the battery replacement in September. As for customers who wish to opt-in for a replacement model, the company is giving a refurbished 2015 MacBook Pro model. However, some users have also received the 2016 or 2017 models of the MacBook Pro as well.

This is definitely a plus for users as Apple is completely ditching the $199 battery replacement fee and replacing older models with newer ones. The policy is active even if you don't have AppleCare+. The shortage in top case assemblies only affects the mid-2012 and early 2013 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models whose battery capacity is less than 80 percent after one thousand charge cycles. This is the eligibility criteria of the Retina MacBook Pros which needs replacement service. In addition to this, since Apple is facing the component shortage worldwide, the policy is active outside of the United States as well. So this is definitely a plus for users who wish to replace their Retina MacBook Pro batteries.

At this point in time, there's no word as to for how long the policy would remain active. We would recommend you to take advantage of it as soon as possible. As for now, does your Retina MacBook Pro requires a battery replacement? Would you be willing to give the policy a swing? Share your views in the comments.

News Source: MacRumors