updated 01:15 pm EDT, Wed May 3, 2006
MBP battery recall
AppleCare has said there is a known issue with some early MacBook Pro batteries, and is cross-shipping fresh replacements to customers experiencing those specific issues. The problem appears to affect MacBook Pro models with serial numbers up to W8608, meaning that only the first two weeks of MacBook Pros produced are potentially affected, according to one report. MacBook Pro battery problem symptoms include battery power level going from a full charge to 90 percent, then immediately off; the battery often either goes directly to one blinking LED, or fails to respond at all; and some may experience a sizeable loss of battery capacity. One Mac developer has released a beta version of Coconut Battery 2.3 beta 7, a utility that can prove useful for diagnosing notebook battery issues. Earlier today MacNN reported that several users are claiming to have found the source of some MacBook Pro heat problems, attributing them to the misapplication of thermal grease inside the laptop.