Monday 19 August 2019

Apple recalls laptops over battery fire risk

 

Apple confirmed the laptops in question contain a battery which
Apple confirmed the laptops in question contain a battery which "may overheat and pose a safety risk". Photo: Yui Mok/PA

Martyn Landi

Apple is recalling a number of its older MacBook Pro laptops because of a fire safety risk linked to batteries.

The technology giant said the voluntary recall involves a limited number of 15-inch MacBook Pro devices sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

Apple confirmed the laptops in question contain a battery which "may overheat and pose a safety risk".

The firm has asked people to stop using the affected devices but added no other MacBook Pro models are affected.

"To confirm which model you have, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of your screen," it said.

"If you have 'MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)', enter your computer's serial number on the program page to see if it is eligible for a battery replacement."

The company also confirmed it would offer free battery replacements.

Apple's Mac line of computers remains a key part of its business - in its most recent quarterly financial results, Mac computers brought in $5.5bn (€4.8bn).

Meanwhile, Google has confirmed it is to stop making tablet computers to instead focus on building more of its own laptops.

The tech giant has responded following reports that suggested it would not release a new version of the Pixel Slate tablet.

The company said it would continue to support the current Slate as well as third-party tablets that use Google's Chrome OS software.

Irish Independent

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