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Hey guys,

This article [macrumors.com] popped up on my newsfeed, and I thought it would be a good service announcement to replace your risky battery for free and to protect yourself from unforeseen injuries as well. Of course, if you do not own one, please disregard this post.

The following quote is taken from Apple's announcement:

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Apple has determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and product eligibility is determined by the product serial number.

Customer safety is always Apple's top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to replace affected batteries, free of charge.
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2015 15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall Program
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Thanks - I have this very laptop in question - when I put in my serial #, Apple says the battery may need to be replaced and I need to bring it into the Apple Store. Won't complain if I get a free battery out of it - will extend the life of this laptop a little longer! Smilie
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Doesnt say if it applies only to original owner. So can we buy one with dead battery on ebay and get it replaced?
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Hmmm. Remember that time when apple users were roasting Samsung for their phones? Karma came back hard
That's exactly not what's happening here.
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It just works.
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Doesnt say if it applies only to original owner. So can we buy one with dead battery on ebay and get it replaced?
Apple usually don't care about who's bringing it.
So I would say YES you can. But I would concern more about the serial number of the MacBook, since you can check if you have one that qualify for this recall.
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I have a 2016 that a few months ago started to overheat, checked and it said not affected. Anyone know if I take it in and they can see that the battery is overheating if they will replace it for free or will they charge me. Any tips if I do take it in to see if I can get it replaced for free
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Doesnt say if it applies only to original owner. So can we buy one with dead battery on ebay and get it replaced?
It isn't just a dead battery and it doesn't apply to all of them. I have this model but mine doesn't fall under the serial range that is affected.
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Already did this. Dropped it off Monday and it should be ready for pickup tomorrow. I am not the original owner. It doesn't extend the warranty though, as stated by Apple.
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Hmmm. Remember that time when apple users were roasting Samsung for their phones? Karma came back hard
Yeah, but that's not an Apples to Apples comparison. LMAO
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Yeah, but that's not an Apples to Apples comparison. LMAO
You sly dog😂😂
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Doesnt say if it applies only to original owner. So can we buy one with dead battery on ebay and get it replaced?
Apple will verify the battery's serial number in their system to determine the eligibility for replacement. The one end up on Ebay may not be eligible.
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Hmmm. Remember that time when apple users were roasting Samsung for their phones? Karma came back hard
So tired of all the tribalism everywhere these days. "Muh team so much better than you" everywhere you look.

Objectively looking at it, all lithium ion batteries are at risk for swelling and fire just due to their nature. I've seen it happen to several old phones and laptops of various brands. We need more public awareness of battery maintenance and safety and less pointless team jockeying.
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I have a 2016 that a few months ago started to overheat, checked and it said not affected. Anyone know if I take it in and they can see that the battery is overheating if they will replace it for free or will they charge me. Any tips if I do take it in to see if I can get it replaced for free
You must be able to prove that by some proof. Heating is hard to prove, like you can say it's warmer than normal, but there is no threshold between warm and hazardous warm. Last time I exchanged the charging cube or batter replacement without any recall, the device was bloated or the cube was melting at the edge. They pretty much say nothing and just ok come back after 2 hours or give me replacement straight away.
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