Apple battery recall of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro models

Apple has a voluntary recall and free battery replacement program for certain 15-inch MacBook Pro models sold between 2015 and 2017.  These units can be identified by serial number at support.apple.com/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall.

This recall is currently one of the programs available at Apple’s Exchange and Repair Extension Program page.

Apple also announced a partnership with Best Buy which designates their stores as Apple authorized repair locations.

Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) security vulnerability in CPUs

Intel released information regarding a new set of CPU vulnerabilities called Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS).  A list of affected Intel products may be found here.

Updates are available from major technology companies for this issue, including:

AMD states that their CPUS are not affected by this vulnerability.