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dukebound85

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I have a 2015 retina MBP. I recently had to install a new battery (did myself) on a 2012 13in mbp. This got me thinking, as the retina batteries are SIGNIFICANTLY harder to replace, how long will apple replace these for a fee? Is there a point that they will no longer offer the service?
 

Nacho98

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I have a 2015 retina MBP. I recently had to install a new battery (did myself) on a 2012 13in mbp. This got me thinking, as the retina batteries are SIGNIFICANTLY harder to replace, how long will apple replace these for a fee? Is there a point that they will no longer offer the service?

Eventually, but remember Apple sold the mid-2015 15" through July of 2018, so they'll service them AT LEAST until July 2023.
 

Fishrrman

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I'm thinking 2 years from sale, possibly 3 years to get "a free replacement". This might be dependent on whether or not the battery is "swelling up" inside -- a fire hazard.

After that, you're gonna have to pay. But I believe the charge isn't that high -- $200 (which is supposed to include the battery and the labor to replace it).

That's reasonable.
Of course, "for free" would be better.
But things are what they are.
 

Jimmy James

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Long term battery life replacement is a real concern of mine. How difficult is it to replace in a modern Mac without damaging it?

I tend to use my computers a very long time. Then I repurpose them rather than retire. Currently looking at doing a battery replacement on an 11 yo MacBook and it’s just so easy.
 

mastermind6192

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I have a 2015 retina MBP. I recently had to install a new battery (did myself) on a 2012 13in mbp. This got me thinking, as the retina batteries are SIGNIFICANTLY harder to replace, how long will apple replace these for a fee? Is there a point that they will no longer offer the service?


Apple provides repairs for products hat have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago. Whenever the product is deemed vintage you'd have to look at an aftermarket battery. Once it's deemed vintage all Apple will be able to do at most really is confirm you need a new battery and tell you in a really nice way to buy a new Mac.

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I forgot to add if you're in California they'll still repair it until its deemed obsolete which is when its last manufactured more than 7 years ago.
 
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