Late in February, I noticed that my MacBook Pro (13”, Early 2015) “teetered” while I was typing on a flat surface. I checked it on a couple different surfaces and confirmed that there was a bulge in the bottom of the case. Having read that a bulging battery can constitute a hazard, I brought it in to my local Apple Store for a battery replacement.
Upon checking my serial number, the Genius told me I wasn’t eligible for a free replacement. I asked, incidentally, whether Apple was still fixing delaminated screens for free, as they had done for a while. I was told that program had ended, and I could pay for a new screen. The delamination wasn’t affecting me while using the device so I declined. I was given a price of $199 and told it would take “3-5 business days” for the battery replacement. I accepted.
I received email notices from Apple that my repair had been logged, and later, that my device had arrived. The status didn’t update for a few days.
Eight business days after dropping off, I received a call from the store to inform me they couldn’t replace the battery because it had a third-party SSD in it, and they couldn’t warranty the repair. Yes, I had replaced the SSD a couple years ago. In order to be able to proceed with the repair, it would now cost $750 (presumably to replace the SSD as well). I expressed my displeasure and declined.
Two days later I received a call from the store (different person) to tell me my computer had arrived and I could come in to pick it up. I had a few days to stew about this, and proceeded to (politely- really!) express my disappointment (I had researched my options - I did NOT want to deal with a glued-in battery, nor did I want to drop over $2,000 on a new machine). I asked if I could drop the old SSD back in and try again (yes, he told me he would try that). The Apple Store employee listened to my complaints about being without my MBP for another two weeks (I don’t pay for my shoes with this device, so it’s inconvenient, not critical, to be honest) with the usual empathy, and we concluded the call.
Fifteen minutes later, the same Apple Store employee (Noah at the Ridgedale store in MN!) called back. He told me they could do a “top case replacement” in the store, for the same $199, but couldn’t warranty the machine. Another 3-5 days. Sold!!
The next day I received a call telling me my MBP repair was complete and that I could pick it up. When I received it, I noticed that my stickers were gone. I asked about it, and the employee told me they must have replaced the display. Color me shocked. New display, new top case (includes battery and keyboard and probably some other stuff). I feel like I got 2/3 of a new machine!
I’m obviously happy with the outcome, but I’m left with two questions:
- Why didn’t they offer the in-store option right away?
- Why did I get a new display? I assume they did this when it was sent for repair, and not in the store. I was told they didn’t perform these repairs for free.