Anyone who has owned a MacBook Pro with a Retina display for many years should be aware of a problem that has now been confirmed by Apple and that also applies to the latest MacBook Air with the high-resolution screen.
MacBook Air (2018): Staingate lives on
For a long time, the owners of various Retina models from Apple’s MacBook series have had to deal with one Knock around the problem of the display coating. Like Apple now loud MacRumors communicated to its service partners, this problem known as Staingate no longer applies only to the older one MacBook and MacBook Pro, but also with MacBook Air with Retina display, which has been available since 2018.
The problem manifests itself by the wear of the anti-reflective coating of the display and leaves annoying stains which cannot be easily removed. Apple offers a repair program internally, which, however, has not yet included the new MacBook Air with Retina display. Due to the internal mention, owners of an affected MacBook Air now have hope, according to MacRumors, that they will at least get a repair within the warranty period.
In 2018 there was a new case for the MacBook Air with a retina display:
Staingate: These MacBooks are part of the current repair program
The list of notebooks included in Apple’s program includes the following models:
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, early 2015)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, mid-2015)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)
- MacBook (12-inch, early 2015)
- MacBook (12-inch, early 2016)
- MacBook (12-inch, early 2017)
The program has been running for many years after many affected people complained about the coating being removed. However, it is not public in Apple’s overview of the “Exchange and repair expansion programs” to find. On a specially set up Staingate side there are various examples that show how the problem manifests itself.