13-inch MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar) gets battery replacement program

2016 No-Touchbar MacBook Pro
2016 No-Touchbar MacBook Pro (Image credit: Rene Ritchie / iMore)


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.

If you have a non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro that could have been made during that time period, go check your serial number and, if it applies to you, do one of the following:

  • Find an Apple Authorized Service Provider.
  • Make an appointment at an Apple Retail Store. Note: Your device may be sent to the Apple Repair Center.
  • Mail in your device to the Apple Repair Center.

The program is worldwide and, if you previously paid for a battery replacement and would now be covered by the program, you can apply for a refund.

If you're affected, let me know how the replacement goes for you.

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.