If you own a mid-2018 or early-2018 MacBook Pro and you’ve been dying to get your hands on a battery replacement, you’ll be pleased to learn that Apple has apparently fully restocked their supply of said batteries. This was following a year-long shortage of the batteries which meant that MacBook Pro users looking for a replacement were hard pressed to do so.
In case you’re learning about this issue for the first time, back in March 2018, Apple notified service technicians that there would be a severe constraint of top cases for the MacBook Pro models. For those unfamiliar, the top case is the aluminum enclosure of the MacBook Pro that houses the keyboard, trackpad, and speaker grilles.
However with the mid-2018 and early-2018 MacBook Pros, Apple actually glued the batteries for the laptop to the top case with a very strong adhesive, meaning that replacing the batteries was not as straightforward a task as it should have been. However now that it has been restocked, repairs should be back to normal.
However it should be noted that because supply levels for the batteries are back to normal, Apple will no longer be giving customers free repairs due to the delay. Instead Apple will charge customers its standard out-of-warranty fee which is $199, which is also waived if customers are under the AppleCare+ plan.
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