I run a 15" MBP as my main computer. I love this machine, but it’s getting long in the tooth, and am slowly saving towards getting an ARM replacement in 2021or 2022.
Recently I’ve started to notice it developing a little bulge on the bottom. It’s not marked unless am working directly on a desk (normally it’s on a stand). I can’t quite spin it around like a turntable, but not far off. I’m assuming this is battery bulge related (although the battery still functions reasonably well, even after 5 years).
It doesn’t seem like an ideal situation but have you any experience of keeping on working on such a machine, or perhaps any advice?
Thanks in advance.
Simon “no religion or politics in this post” Ellis.
I don’t have an answer for you, but can sympathize. My 2015 MBP battery is getting tired too (70% capacity). I’m sure I’ll need to replace or have it done.
The reviews on the macsales.com replacement battery kits are mostly positive, with many saying it was easier than they thought. It depends on ones skillset though.
Actually, I just checked Apple’s prices, and I would definitely go with them for ~$40 (non-retina) or even ~$100 (retina) more than the OWC kit.
Had the same problem with mine a couple of years ago. Even with no Apple Care, Apple replaced the battery (and keyboard while they were at it) at no charge. Check your Serial Number to see if it’s covered by a recall.
Thanks @macsorcery – yeah, it’s 2015 MBP. The serial number doesn’t seem to ‘match’ those with issues, but in the chat they seemed to indicate it might be possible to replace with cost. It’s booked for me to take into the Apple Store here in London (earliest available is a week from today).
I really ought to take a video of the computer spinning on its bulge like a spinning top.
My serial number didn’t match the recall either but Apple took care of it without charge for me. Mine was sent to Austin, TX (from Florida) for repair and it took less than a week. I’ve since upgraded to a 13" 2020 MBP and glad to get rid of the battery and keyboard issues.
I had this exact problem with my MBP during lockdown and took it to the Apple Store on Regent Street in London. Prepare to be without your computer for 5-7 days. This is the timeframe what I was quoted although I had in back in 5 days.
thought I’d finish off this thread. I dropped off my MBP at Apple Store (West London) two weeks ago. It wasn’t a good COVID experience – we were kind of shepherded into a holding pen downstairs and outside the store (which is in a massive mall). Temperature taken, but everyone was pretty confused and social distancing was very poor indeed (I really don’t understand why it is that we (humans) just don’t understand that bit). I got taken upstairs a full hour after my appointment.
The ‘genius’ who served me was fantastic – thoughtful, and certainly knew how to wield an iPad. He runs a 2013MBP and was, like me, waiting for ARM-based Macs (he had no insider info – obviously).
Yesterday, I picked up the machine – nice and clean, new battery, new bottom: £199.