Love them or hate them, it’s hard to deny that Apple products are pretty damn good when it comes to build quality. When you’ve made Airpods poo-proof, you know you’re doing something right.
Yep, there’s no way an Apple product could possibly be faul- *checks notes* oh wait, your trusty MacBook Pro could possibly be faulty and catch fire.
In a press release from Apple, a “limited number” of older model 15-inch MacBook Pros have a slight overheating issue with the battery and could “pose a fire safety risk”.
As for what models have this possible lap-burning problem, Apple states that the affected units were “sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017.”
Luckily for all those who might own a MacBook Pro that could spontaneously combust at any moment, Apple are offering to replace the battery free of charge. To check whether your MacBook Pro has the faulty battery fault, just pop the unit’s serial number into Apple’s handy little verification program right here.
Once you’ve checked your MacBook’s eligibility using the program, all you have to do is head over to an authorised Apple store and make an appointment for someone to fix your laptop, which will take around a week or so.
As for the chance that your laptop could be affected, well a year and a half is a long time but there shouldn’t be too many affected units as Apple only sold, uh, 40ish million Macs during that period.
Okay, that number is every kind of Apple Mac product sold so it’s not accurate. If we be conservative and divide that by 6 – which is the number of different Mac products on sale – then the potential number of affected MacBook Pros is only around… 6.6 million.
Righto, so um, best check your laptop ASAP. If your MacBook Pro is indeed affected, back up all your data, stop using it and keep it away from your lap just in case.