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Dramatic burn photos show why Apple recalled faulty MacBooks


overheated battery on MacBook Pro
This 15-inch MacBook Pro caught fire while in Sleep mode.
Photo: Steve Gagne/Facebook

Designer Steve Gagne awoke to strange sounds and the smell of burning chemicals. Of all the tasks completed with his 15-inch MacBook Pro, nearly burning down his house was its final act.

The battery on Gagne’s MacBook Pro exploded three days before Apple announced a recall on mid-2015 Retina MacBook Pros of certain serial numbers housing batteries vulnerable to overheating.

26 flaming MacBooks prompted Apple recall


2015 MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina
You were expecting something else?
Photo: Apple

Apple recalled 15-inch MacBook Pros from 2015, and we now know this is based on just a couple of dozen incidents, none serious.

Still, everyone with an affected unit should bring it in for service, especially as this includes a free battery replacement.

Apple quietly asks a small group to return their Apple TVs


Will the new Apple TV have exclusive shows and movies?
Will the new Apple TV have exclusive shows and movies?
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

It looks like a small number of third-generation Apple TVs, the ones on sale right now, are being quietly recalled by Apple. There hasn’t been a public notice of an Apple TV recall, which could mean only a few units are defective.

If yours is among the faulty Apple TVs, chances are you’ll get an email offering to replace it — and Apple might even drop you an iTunes card for your troubles.

Apple invites you to return your Beats Pill XL before it catches fire


Have one of these? Take it back to Apple.
Have one of these? Take it back to Apple.
Photo: Beats

Beats Pill XL owners should return their speakers for a refund because the batteries could overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Apple recalled the product Wednesday, saying people who return the potentially dangerous Bluetooth speakers will receive a full refund of $325 as an Apple Store gift card or electronic payment.