We’re coming up on just about a year now since Apple introduced its latest MacBook, and in doing so became one of the companies helping to lead the charge in the move towards USB type-C connectors as the next-gen standard for data, power, and everything in-between. And while we’re largely welcoming the ongoing adoption of USB type-C with open arms, its arrival hasn’t been without a few potholes along the way, and over the last few months we’ve brought you a couple reports of companies selling incorrectly-wired USB type-C cables – some so poorly constructed that they’re outright frying the devices to which they’re attached. Now Apple’s dealing with its own USB type-C fiasco, as it offers replacement cables to MacBook owners experiencing cable failures.
The good news is that we’re not talking about any damage (at least not that we’ve heard about) to MacBooks or connected accessories. Instead the USB type-C cable that was sold alongside the laptop up through June of last year has a design flaw that may render it inoperative (or not reliably operative) when being used for charging: it’s not going to fry your MacBook, but it might not charge it well, either.
If you bought an Apple laptop in that timeframe, you can check to see if your USB type-C cable has a serial number printed on it following the “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” message – if there’s no serial number, you have the old-style cable that may fail on you.
Find yourself in that camp? No worries, as Apple will hook you up with a new, properly functioning cable. Hit up the source link below for details on how you can register to get one sent out to you straight away.