Apple has quietly extended a free repair program covering faulty 13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2016. The laptops in question suffer from a problem related to the display backlight.
Initially, Apple’s repair program — announced in May 2019 — covered the laptops for up to four years after they were purchased. Now Apple has extended that to five years.
According to Apple, it’s only a “very small percentage” of the computers that suffer from the problem. The problem comes in two different forms. One involves a a display backlight that sometimes or always shows vertical bright areas along the entire bottom of the screen. Alternately, the display backlight can stop working completely.
The affected MacBook models were sold between October 2016 and February 2018. The models in question are both the two and four Thunderbolt 3 port, 13-inch MacBook Pro models.
Affected users can get repairs through eligible Apple Authorized Service Providers, via an Apple Store, or by sending off the computer in question to Apple. More details can be found on this webpage.
New MacBook Pro coming soon
According to a recent report, Apple is currently gearing up for a major MacBook Pro refresh. This will, among other things, include a next-gen Apple Silicon processor, bring back the MagSafe connector, ditch the Touch Bar, include more ports, and more. Based on that description, this could turn out to be one of Apple’s best MacBook Pros in years. Fingers crossed!