Apple Replacing Some 2012/2013 MacBook Pros with Brand New Models


According to a user post on Reddit, Apple is exchanging some older 2012 and 2013 MacBook Pros with brand-new models because of a supply shortage.

Customers who bring their older MacBook Pro into an Apple Store for a battery replacement ($200 out-of-warranty or free with Apple Care+) are receiving brand new laptops instead of a new battery.

Apple is making the move due to a “severe constraint of top case assemblies with integrated batteries” specifically for mid-2012 or early 2013 15-inch MacBook Pros. The company is giving customers the option of delaying the service, in return for having the fee waived, or a “functionally identical” new laptop.

Given that the current 15-inch Pro starts at over $2,000, this is a huge win for anyone who can take advantage of the policy while it lasts.

In order to qualify, customers need a 15-inch MacBook Pro from mid-2012 or early 2013, and the battery needs to be due for a service. It is worth noting that this is not a foolproof exchange since it depends on your local Apple Store and inventory levels.

[via MacRumors]


  • Garret Hill

    Can confirm. Have an early 2013 15 inch rmbp and brought it into my authorized service dealer. Battery couldn’t be fixed and part backed up until September. Now getting a 15 inch 2.8 ghz touch bar MacBook Pro for just the price of replacing the battery (less than $600). Very excited!

  • Daniel Bartram

    No 13 inch ? :/

  • Corey Beazer

    I may have to give this a try, I have a mid-2012 15’ MacBook Pro, it has had “service battery” warning for a couple years now and never did anything about it.

  • Corey Beazer

    What service dealer was this?
    Has anyone tried at the apple store?

  • Peter

    I tried it today as well. Was offered a 2015 refurbished model for my mid 2012 one. 😉 let’s hope they will offer a newer version once they call me today to confirm the payment for “battery replacement”. Loving Apple!

  • Fady

    Plz let us know what locations are allowing for the replacement 🙂

  • Spoonwoo

    I have a Mid 2012 15 inch rmbp that has been giving me “serivce battery” alerts for a couple months now. Going to try this out today!

  • RickysCV

    What does ‘integrated battery’ mean? I have a late 2012 15″ non retina MBP. Removable battery seems fine.

  • Xiaohan Jin

    Went to Square One Mississauga today, offered replacement of 2015 or later, will be called in 2 days regarding the exact model and specs

  • Nice

  • David

    Dammit! I replaced my battery on my 2012 15″ in 2015 before AppleCare expired. From what I can tell, Coconut Battery is telling me the batter is now at 84%.

  • Spoonwoo

    Just went to the Apple Store and got it. $292.67, 2-3 week wait

  • spensaurpw

    Seems like every authorized service provider. I just did it at an Apple Store though

  • spensaurpw

    I got my replacement ordered too! I asked if it would be a refurbished machine and was told it would be brand new. Hope they stick to it

  • Nick

    Glad to hear. Any idea what your battery cycle count was?

  • Nick

    What model replacement are you getting? 2015 or 2016 with TouchBar?

  • Josh Kabu-Asante

    this is insane.. i just got my battery replaced last year :/

  • spensaurpw

    All I was told was that it would be brand new with at least matching specs, nothing else. Hoping for a 2016 or 2017 though.

    This is the wording in my confirmation e-mail “Customer is aware of up to one month wait. Is aware minimum specs will be Same as currently computer. May be batter.”

  • Corey Beazer

    made a appointment for tomorrow morning, crossing my fingers!

  • Corey Beazer

    Went in for an appointment in Newmarket today with my 15 inch mid 2012 MacBook Pro, I’ve had the “service Battery” for a year at least and they DID NOT offer a new MacBook Pro. Instead they said I’d need to wait 2 weeks for a replacement battery to come in…. Guess it was too good to be true.