Apple Says You Need To Stop Using Palm Rest Covers On Your Retina MacBook Pro

Apple Says You Need To Stop Using Palm Rest Covers On Your Retina MacBook Pro

Tons of Apple accessory manufacturers make cute little palm rest covers for MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs so the metal of your cherished MacBook doesn’t get all scratched and nasty and damaged. They make your MacBook standout, but Apple thinks you need to stop freaking using them because you’re going to break your display if you keep it up.

In a note published on Apple’s support blog, Apple warned users that using palm rest covers might totally interfere with all of Apple’s fancy engineering that went into making the MacBook Pro with Retina display super thin. The added thickness might mess up your display and crack your screen when you shut your MacBook, leaving you super sad.

Here’s what Apple said about the palm rests -

“To enable thin design, the clearance between the display and the palm rest area is engineered to tight tolerances. Do not use palm rest covers as the added thickness may interfere with the designed resting position of the display … As a best practice, keep the palm rest clear of any material.”

So yeah, even though you really really wanna smother your MacBook with Hello Kitty palm rests so your setup looks totally badass, stop doing it. 97.3% of the palm rests on the internet look super dorky anyway, but if you gotta have it, make sure you have an AppleCare Protection Plan.

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  • CharilaosMulder

    Why spend money on something that looks disgusting and cripples functionality? That’s a hassle if you just want to risk breaking your display.

  • Len Williams

    Scratched up wrist area? I’ve had aluminum MacBook Pro’s since they first came out and none of the wrist areas beside the trackpad ever got scratched up or damaged, even with heavy use. Of course I cheated: I always made sure the scratchy buckle of my watch or hard metal of any bracelet, etc. wasn’t going to come in contact with the surface (duh). I find the aluminum Apple uses for their MBPs is very durable as long as I don’t get stupid and attack it with something metal. Aluminum is a strong metal but not as hard as steel, iron, nickel or alloys of these metals. Just like I wouldn’t put an unprotected iPhone in my pocket with keys and coins, I don’t allow other metals to come in contact with my MacBook Pro–but wrist rest covers? Yuck!

  • Levity

    I have a TwelveSouth Black Leather SurfacePad on my MBP that is fantastic. I’ve had it for around two years and doesn’t interfere with my display at all. It’s money, baby.

  • James Kelly

    The last line is pointless! Apple will more than likely not cover any damaged displayed if a palm rest is present! As it would be classed as accidental damage, and as they have issued this document, they will likely use it to avoid repairing!

  • volodoscope

    People who ugly-fy their Macbooks with stickers deserve it anyway. Let it crack and overheat.

  • nthnm

    Pretty certain they aren’t talking about the things pictured…

  • MrsCleaver

    I think a few people missed the fact that Apple was referring specifically to the display on the Retina MBP, even though a 13″ Macbook Pro is pictured. The tolerance is much closer on the Retina display. I’m no fan of these appliqués either, but I doubt a regular MBP would be affected (unless it was a thick sticker), and certainly the anti-glare models would probably be fine. Your mileage may vary.

  • RaptorOO7

    How about Apple design the wrist area so it doesn’t scratch to hell. I wear a watch and bracelet, like I’m sure the vast majority of people do. I should not be expected to remove jewelry every time I want to use my laptop.

  • RaptorOO7

    The problem is when you use a material like Aluminum which is easily scratched by jewelry (something everyone very likely does wear) then users will want to keep their MBP and MBA laptops looking nice. Apple needs to look into newer technologies or materials to alleviate this problem for their users in stead of telling them to forgo protection over looks.

  • Graeme

    These are for the same people who get tattoos.

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