Apple Recalls Older MacBook Pros Over Fire Risk

Tim Cook CEO of Apple introduces the new Apple Macbook Pro line during an event at the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino California in 2016

Important notice for batteries in certain MacBook Pro units

"Apple has determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk", the maker of upscale cheese-graters said.

Apple added that no other 15-inch MacBook Pro units or other Mac notebooks are affected by the recall. You can determine which model you have by choosing "About This Mac" from the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of your display.

The tech giant issued the voluntary recall on Thursday and it affects 15-inch MacBook Pro models that were sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

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This recall comes after DJ White Panda shared a video on Twitter of his 2015 MacBook Pro burning and smoking in May - a saga that he also chronicled on Reddit.

"Customer safety is always Apple's top priority, and we have voluntarily made a decision to replace affected batteries, free of charge", Apple said.

This flaw doesn't affect newer MacBooks, so if you've recently bought one of the new MacBook Pro models with the Touch Bar, you should be safe.

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The company says some aging units "contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk". Plus, you're getting a fresh battery at full capacity.

However, this battery recall marks the second significant issue with Apple laptops this year. It's not clear if the two cases are related, but we'd take Apple up on the replacement regardless.

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