According to Apple, a “very small number” of MacBook Pros sold in 2016 and 2017 have an issue that stops the battery charging beyond 1%.
As a result, Apple has launched a free battery replacement program to swap out these faulty batteries — so that customers can join the rest of us in the exclusive “our batteries charge up to 100%” club.
Apple notes that the MacBook Pros with the issue will indicate “Service Recommended” on the battery health setting on the computers. (To check this on macOS Big Sur, go to the Apple Menu > System Preferences > Battery.) If your MacBook shows that battery status is “Normal,” that means you are not affected by the issue.
The following 2016 and 2017 models are affected:
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)
To get the battery swapped out, you can visit an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider. They should be able to carry out the procedure on site. They will carry out a full inspection first to make sure that your MacBook Pro is one of the affected models.
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