Apple launches 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar) Battery Replacement Program

Apple has determined that, in a limited number of 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar) units, a component may fail causing the built-in battery to expand.

This is not a safety issue and Apple will replace eligible batteries, free of charge.

Affected units were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017 and eligibility is determined by the product serial number.

Your 13-inch MacBook Pro will be examined prior to any service to verify that it is eligible for this program and in working order. Service may take 3-5 days.

If you believe your 13-inch MacBook Pro was affected by this issue, and you paid to replace your battery, you can contact Apple about a refund.

The program covers affected MacBook Pro models for 5 years after the first retail sale of the unit.

Note: If your 13-inch MacBook Pro has any damage which impairs the replacement of the battery, that issue will need to be resolved prior to the battery replacement. In some cases, there may be a cost associated with the repair.

More info and serial number checker for eligibility here.

Source: Apple Inc.


  1. This Macbook Pro is the one unit I’d consider to replace my Air, but it’s damned expensive. About $2000 for the model with more RAM and better processor, $500 more than I paid for my upgraded Air in 2013.

  2. I have a late 2013 13″ MacBook Retina Pro that also has a swollen battery. It caused the keyboard and the bottom cover to bulge out slightly.

    So this is a problem in as early as in 2013 models, not just 2016 onwards.

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