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'Flexgate' Display Issues Affecting 2016 MacBook Pro and Later

Friday February 1, 2019 11:01 am PST by
Some 2016 and later MacBook Pro models appear to be displaying issues with uneven backlighting caused by a delicate and easy-to-break flex cable, which has been dubbed "flexgate." Impacted machines can feature uneven lighting at the bottom of the screen, which looks a bit like a "stage light" effect, and the display can eventually fail entirely. Image via MacRumors reader SourceSunToM What'...

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Apple Faces Another Class-Action MacBook Pro ‘Flexgate’ Lawsuit

Thursday August 20, 2020 6:43 am PDT by
Another class-action complaint has been lodged against Apple, which claims that the company was aware of a MacBook Pro design flaw that caused some devices to have backlight display issues (via Apple Insider). The so-called "flexgate" problem was present in some ‌MacBook Pro‌ models manufactured between 2016 and 2017. The problem appears as dark patches along the bottom of the ‌MacBook Pro‌...

Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over 'Flexgate' Issue With MacBook Pro Displays

Friday May 8, 2020 8:43 am PDT by
A nationwide class action lawsuit filed against Apple in Northern California court this week accuses the company of knowingly concealing a defect with a display-related flex cable on recent 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. As discovered by repair website iFixit last year, some MacBook Pro models released in 2016 and 2017 have experienced issues with uneven backlighting caused by a...

Apple Launches New Backlight Service Program for 2016 13-Inch MacBook Pro Display to Address 'Flexgate' Issues

Tuesday May 21, 2019 10:00 am PDT by
Alongside the launch of new MacBook Pro models, Apple today introduced a new Backlight Service Program for the 13-inch MacBook Pro. According to Apple, a "very small percentage" of 2016 13-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ displays can exhibit vertical bright areas along the bottom of the screen or a backlight that malfunctions entirely. Apple will repair affected devices, which includes machines sold...

Apple May Have Quietly Addressed 'Flexgate' in 2018 MacBook Pros

Monday March 4, 2019 10:59 pm PST by
iFixit reports that Apple may have already taken steps to reduce the likelihood of 2018 MacBook Pro users experiencing display lighting issues dubbed Flexgate. Affected machines could see uneven lighting that looks like a "stage light" effect with the display potentially failing completely over time. iFixit was tipped off by MacRumors forum user Olivia88 posting in our Flexgate megathread...

'Flexgate': 2016 and Newer MacBook Pro Users Report Display Issues Due to Fragile Flex Cables

Tuesday January 22, 2019 7:20 am PST by
An increasing number of users have experienced backlight issues on 2016 and newer MacBook Pro models, particularly those with the Touch Bar, often resulting in a so-called "stage light effect" along the bottom of the display. Image via MacRumors forum member SourceSunTom According to the repair website iFixit, which highlighted the issue today, the underlying cause is Apple's use of thin,...