The batteries inside your Apple devices may have just gotten new life.
Apple has broadened its coverage for worn out batteries beyond its mobile lineup through its AppleCare Protection warranty service, a move that could extend the life of many customer’s devices.
The news, first reported by MacRumors and confirmed on Apple.com, means a MacBook, MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro with a battery at less than 80% of its original capacity can be replaced (free of charge) under the coverage. Previously, this type of protection only applied to iPhones, iPods, iPads and the Apple Watch, and even still, batteries needed to be below 50% capacity for it to be serviced.
Now, Apple will replace the batteries of all of its devices if it can’t hold 80% of its capacity.
Since it’s unlikely devices in their first year will see a dip below 80% of their battery capacity, the coverage will likely only benefit those who purchased the AppleCare extended warranty.
If your device’s battery is always dying and you think it may be below 80% capacity, you’ll have to take it to an Apple Store, where a Genius Bar staffer can run diagnostic tests.
The extended coverage will likely come in handy for people who own newer Macbooks with batteries that aren’t easily replaced (i.e. the parts are stuck to the motherboard, so it’s harder to remove).
Apple lists the price to replace a battery inside a 15-inch Macbook Pro at $200. By bundling the service with AppleCare, this could save customers money if devices need repairs that go beyond the battery.
The cost of AppleCare varies depending on the device: it’s $249 for Macbook Airs ($249) and 13-inch Macbook Pros, while it jumps to $349 for the 15-inch Macbook Pro. AppleCare provides a total of three years coverage for manufacturer’s defects. However, Applecare+ for iPhones and iPads costs $99 and covers accidents, too, such as, water damage and display shattering, but only for two years.