This week, Apple expanded its global 13-inch MacBook Pro Display Backlight program, allowing coverage for acceptable laptops for up to five years after the original purchase date or up to three years after the program’s start date, whichever is longer. . The previous break was four years after the original date of purchase.
Apple launched the program on May 21, 2019, after determining that a “very small percentage” of 13-inch MacBook Pro devices sold between October 2016 and February 2018 could show vertical bright areas at the bottom of the the display or backlight that stops working completely. Eligible models include the MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, two Thunderbolt 3 ports) and the MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, four Thunderbolt 3 ports).
To determine which Mac model you have, click the Apple logo in the upper-left corner of the screen, and then select “About This Mac” from the menu. Apple has not currently expanded the program to other MacBook models.
Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace the display of affected 13-inch MacBook Pro devices for free. To begin the repair process, visit the support page on the Apple website. If you think your MacBook Pro has been affected by this issue and you have paid to repair your display, you can contact Apple for a possible recovery.
In 2019, the repair website iFixit announced that the backlight problems were caused by a delicate flexible cable that could wear out and break after repeatedly opening and closing the display of the affected 13-inch MacBook Pro models. Apple has extended the length of the flexible cable by 2 mm in the 2018 models, which seemingly solved the problem.