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My 13" Macbook Air recently started showing the "service battery" alert. It's the mid-2012 model, and is still under Apple Care. The alert seems to appear mainly when I'm running off the battery. Is this a battery issue or a bug in the system?

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If it is still under Applecare I would absolutely get it checked out. In the very least if there is an issue, you will get the battery replaced under warranty and be able to enjoy a few more years with it.

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This the battery failing, get it checked out and replaced for free.

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You don't say what version of OS X you're running, but if it's 10.9, note that other users have reported a change in battery alerts after upgrading to that version. http://www.zdnet.com/macbook-users-seeing-service-battery-message-after-mavericks-upgrade-7000022588/

Open Utilities > System Information, click on "Power" in the left column and see what stats show up for your battery. This will be useful when talking to Applecare.

  • I'm running Mavericks – Alex Volpe Aug 1 '14 at 21:28
  • So check that first link I posted. – Paul Bissex Aug 5 '14 at 13:23

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