Aluminum chipping off of Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MacbookAIRuser2016, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. MacbookAIRuser2016 macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2016
    On the upper left side (where the charger port is) of my Macbook Air, the aluminum is chipping off of my laptop. It is not a matte silver, but a shiny color, like a knife.

    I don't abuse the computer at all.

    However, I do carry it around in my backpack a lot for college. I keep it wrapped in a plastic bag (in case it rains), so it is rubbing and bouncing against that all the time.

    Could that be causing it?

    Is this normal?

    The rest of the computer looks fine to me.

    There are zero performance issues with the computer.

    Thank you for your time.
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Sounds like a Terminator T1000 is morphing! :D

    Been scanning the many forums and this is the first time I hear of this, so no, I won't say it's "normal."

    If you found a piece actually came off, I'd say it's a factory defect.

    If it's just a shinny spot like rubbed off, I say something is been rubbing the same spot constantly.
  3. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    What does the mac rub up against while traveling with you? Is the location where you damage occurred always in the same orientation in the backpack?
  4. Left4DeadBoy macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2015
    hi Ive witnessed that along the edges of the keyboard! and nowhere else; besides that its entirely unnoticeable!
  5. Crazy Badger macrumors 65816

    Crazy Badger

    Apr 1, 2008
    My original (2008) MBA had lots of 'chipping' along the edges (mainly the front below the keyboard) but neither the 2010 and 2013 models I still have show similar wear. I suspect they're made of a stronger metal, as I don't think I've been more gentle with them.

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