Apple admits MacBook Air anti-reflective coating can exhibit ‘issues’

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The anti-reflective coating on previous MacBook models have had problems.
Photo: Apple Support

Apple reportedly informed its authorized service representatives that the anti-reflective coating on the Retina displays on MacBook Air models can experience “issues.” Earlier Mac laptops have had problems with this coating wearing off.

The Mac maker sent a memo to Apple Authorized Service Providers that warned “Retina displays on some MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro computers can exhibit anti-reflective (AR) coating issues,” according to MacRumors.

Not a new problem, but affecting a new MacBook

There have been problems with the anti-reflective coating on MacBooks dating back to 2012. Previously, the problem affected only MacBook and MacBook Pro models. The new memo Apple sent out is the first reference to the MacBook Air experiencing the same difficulties.

This memo didn’t describe the “issues” affecting this Mac’s screen, but users in the past have reported that the coating on the display cover glass can wear away after extended use.

The first MacBook Air with a Retina display debuted in 2018. It’s possible some of these have now seen enough use for their coating to show signs of wear.

Apple has a free repair program for MacBook and MacBook Pro units dating back to 2015 that experience this problem. However, the MacBook Air has yet to be appear on the list of devices that are covered by it, according to MacRumors.

Anyone whose MacBook display is showing signs of wear can go to Apple’s support site and go to  Mac > Mac notebooks > Hardware Issues > Display issue to report the problem.