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MacBook Pro owners report problem with screen backlighting; fault is on flex cable

New Year, New Problems: Some Users Are Reporting Problems in Their MacBooks Pro, and the iFixit It claims that the flaws are not easily resolvable because of Apple's questionable design decision. Sound familiar?

More precisely, the reported issues are on the screens of some MacBook Pro Retina models, especially those with Touch Bars. When the computer cover is opened, the backlighting of the panels is uneven, creating an effect on the underside of the screens similar to that of a row of stage lights.

And don't stop: the appearance of this fault, according to some of the users who reported the problem, is just the foreshadowing of a complete backlight failure when the lid is opened beyond a certain angle in this case, the screen will only return to normal by turning off the machine and closing its lid for a while.

Occurrences of this type have already been registered with Apple Support Forums, and the petition of a "repair guru" from Ma, Louis Rossman, has garnered nearly 3,000 signatures. Apple, however, has not yet commented on the case.

The video below shows the problem:

The one who has spoken, on the other hand, is iFixit the firm found the cause of the problem, and it has to do with an Apple design flaw. Basically the whole question lives on the cable flex which connects the MacBook Pro panels to their controllers on the logic board: the ribbon-type cables fold over the board and are secured by two spring-loaded covers; therefore, each opening or closing of the MacBook Pro cover causes minor component wear. Over time, the wear builds up and causes some internal connection to break, as iFixit points out, the backlight connection being the first to break.

Logic board panel connection cables on MacBook ProLogic board panel connection cables on MacBook Pro

The problem has already begun: In a world where making thinner and thinner devices was not an obsession, Apple could instead have used sturdy, normal wires that would wrap around the board and suffer. Much less wear. But that's not the main problem. Replacing the ribbon cable alone would cost about $ 6, according to iFixit if it wasn't soldered to the MacBook Pro screen.

What does that mean? That instead of paying $ 6 for cable replacement, the user must pay $ 600 by replacing the entire panel of your computer.

The solution, for now, is to wait for Apple to comment on #flexgate (as the case has been quoted) and create a swap program, as it has done with other recent issues. At the moment, affected users will have to get used (temporarily at least) to the problem on their computers a thousand dollars or more and keep pushing for Ma to take action.

via MacRumors

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