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This Early 2015 12 inch MacBook was showing 75% battery remaining, and when I plug in my iPhone to try to record the iPhone, the Macbook began to sleep and refused to turn on when I press the power button. It showed the "Plug Me In" icon.

So I unplugged the iPhone and started charging it, and then it would turn on right away, and showed a 69% battery level.

So why did it refuse to be on at such a high level of battery remaining and how can it be fixed or prevented?

P.S. It is a Macbook 12 inch that was introduced in 2015... so the battery is just a little more than one year old.

  • There is no 1st gen Macbook 12"... first was 2015 according to everymac. Anyway - have you checked the battery with something like CoconutBattery? – Tetsujin Feb 23 '17 at 10:35
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Assuming it is a 12" MacBook (implying at most it's still a little shy of being a couple of years old) and not a 13" model (which could be a lot older), then the first thing I'd do is reset the System Management Controller.

For a 12" MacBook you reset the SMC as follows:

  1. Shut down your computer
  2. Keep the power cable plugged in.
  3. Press at the same time shiftoptioncontrol (on the left side of the keyboard) and the power button
  4. Let go
  5. Turn your computer back on with the power button.

Once you've done this report back on how it went.

If in fact it's not a 12" MacBook, then please update your question with the exact model so we can make sure we're providing accurate advice for your model.

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If a battery driven device (a MacBook in this case) doesn't turn on without the AC adapter plugged in it means that the battery cannot supply enough current to power the device.

This first generation Macbook 12 inch was showing 75% battery remaining...

The "75% battery remaining" is a calculation based on how much charge the battery has verses it's full capacity and the electrical current it's capable of delivering at that moment.

When the battery drops below a certain amount of voltage, the overcharge/undercharge protection circuit kicks in and kills power to the device. What's happening with your battery is that it can no longer hold a charge. Even though it has calculated 75% charge left, the voltage drops too low too quickly and the MacBook will turn off/go to sleep.

Basically, your battery can no longer hold a charge and is going into hibernate/sleep mode. This is expected behavior.


This being a 2015 MacBook, it's unusual for a battery to have such a short lifespan, though it's not unheard of.

Batteries typically have a useful life of 3 to 5 years. So, less than 2 is concerning. If your product is still under warranty, you should get the battery replaced by Apple; it's covered under AppleCare if that is still in effect.

If you don't have AppleCare, it can still be fixed relatively inexpensively.

According to iFixit.com, the battery is glued into position and extremely difficult to remove. It can be done, but like I said - it's extremely difficult. Also, it's very difficult to source the part from reputable vendors.

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However, the good news is that if you have the technical skill, you can replace the entire bottom case assembly (PN# 661-02245) for this unit as it includes the battery ($130USD at the time of this post). Ifixit.com has a guide for you to follow or you can take it into an Apple Repair shop.

  • the first generation Macbook 12 inch... which was introduced in 2015 – nopole Feb 23 '17 at 19:25

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