Apple Extends MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues Until December 31, 2016

Apple has extended its MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues until December 31, 2016, or four years from its original date of sale, according to a recently updated support document on its website. The program was previously set to expire next week, on February 27, 2016, or three years from the original date of sale.

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Apple launched the repair program exactly one year ago today to address select 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models, sold between February 2011 and February 2013, that have problems with distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts. Customers can look up their MacBook Pro model using Apple's "Check Coverage" online tool.

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will continue to repair affected MacBook Pro models at no charge, and customers who already paid for an authorized repair can contact Apple to arrange reimbursement. Customers can bring their MacBook Pro to an Apple Store or AASP, or mail the notebook to a local Apple Repair Center.

MacBook Pro video issues impacted a significant number of customers, prompting a class-action lawsuit against against Apple and an online petition with over 40,000 signatures. Affected MacBook Pro models often have visual banding or malfunctions on the screen, particularly when users are watching HD videos or using CPU-intensive software like the Adobe Creative Suite or Final Cut Pro.

The issues stem from defective Nvidia and AMD GPUs that do not function correctly because of lead-free soldering that causes short circuiting and other problems, according to legal documents. Apple has since launched a similar repair program for late 2013 Mac Pro video issues, which are also related to AMD GPUs. The symptoms are nearly identical, including distorted video and system instability.

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Top Rated Comments

swaterhouse Avatar
109 months ago
Sadden to read Apple still won't acknowledge this problem started in MacBookPro Mid-2010 and fix those.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
logicstudiouser Avatar
109 months ago
That is great and all, but if the parts haven't been fixed, it is replacing one faulty part with another.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
576316 Avatar
109 months ago
Had my logic board and top clamshell replaced completely for free under this program. Over £700 worth of repairs! Good guy Apple.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aardwolf Avatar
109 months ago
I filled out the "Coverage Form", and it just told me that my warranty had expired. It didn't tell me if my item was affected.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keyzone72 Avatar
109 months ago
Wow. QA over at Apple has really gone down hill. It seems like every week there's a story regarding faulty hardware or malfunctioning software. I don't ever remember it being this bad.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
T-Will Avatar
109 months ago
Sadden to read Apple still won't acknowledge this problem started in MacBookPro Mid-2010 and fix those.
My 2010 MacBook Pro is affected too. Has anyone tried to get Apple to fix their 2010 under this warranty program?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)