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Apple issues a worldwide recall of its 2015 MacBook Pro

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Apple has issued a worldwide recall for its 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina Display over fears the laptop's battery "may pose a fire safety risk".

Only a "limited number" of devices are thought to be affected, according (opens in new tab) to a new entry on the Cupertino-based company’s support pages, but Apple is offering free battery replacements for the product nonetheless. 

Find out if your MacBook Pro is affected

It's only 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina Display that are affected with this recall, though it's not all of them. 

You'll have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to the Exchange and Repair Extension Programs section, before clicking on the 15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Repair Program link just below. When directed to the new page, you'll then be able to key in your serial number to see if your MacBook Pro needs to have its battery swapped out. 

The mid-2015 Macbook Pro with Retina Display was one of the best laptops of its day and was sold “primarily” between September 2015 and February 2017.

Apple hasn’t commented on the cause of the battery overheating issue, nor has it revealed the actual number of units believed to be affected – though this may change when the company files a formal notice with the US Consumer Products Safety Commission.

One to two week repair period

Repairs are expected to take between one and two weeks via the Apple Repair Center. That means affected users will have to drop off their MacBook at one of Apple’s stores, an authorised Apple third-party retailer, or mail in their device to the Apple Repair Center.

It’s almost certainly worth the effort though, as getting your old MacBook Pro equipped with a new battery is likely to extend the life of your Apple laptop considerably, depending on its pre-existing condition.

As ever, users are highly advised to back up their data before sending their MacBook off for repair, and it’s worth noting that the battery replacement doesn’t extend your machine’s standard warranty coverage.

To find out if you’re eligible for Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall Program, simply head to this support page (opens in new tab) and enter your unit’s serial number.

A technology journalist with nearly 10 years of experience, James is the former News and Features Editor at Trusted Reviews, and has also served as regional Editor of Lifehacker. His articles have been spotted on sites ranging from The Sun to InStyle, but his true love is shiny things and the story behind them. An avid golfer in his spare time, you'll also regularly catch him hovering over the BBQ listening to Pearl Jam.