#Bluish Spots# Please Check the screen of your MacBook Pro 2016, 2017, 2018

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by XianquanShi, Jan 7, 2019.


Which model you are using have the problem?

  1. MacBook Pro 2016

  2. MacBook Pro 2017

  3. MacBook Pro 2018

  4. Other Models

  5. 13 inches

  6. 15 inches

  7. No problems

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  1. XianquanShi, Jan 7, 2019
    Last edited: May 1, 2019

    XianquanShi macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2019
    Hi guys,

    I noticed that there is a common display defect of MacBook Pro with the new model.
    Open a pure white page and you can see there are some bluish spots, patches, or areas.

    I collected cases with this issue:

    It is not a rare case, and a lot of people don't realise it yet. Hope more and more people report the problem to Apple.

    I have this display problem, and it is the second time the problem occurs. The first screen change was in the 13th months after purchase. The second time I found the problem was 3 months after the change.

    My MacBook Pro 15'' 2017:
    Screenshot 2019-01-07 21.46.14.png

    Before the screen change:

    After 3 months, the problem occurs again:
  2. Martius macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    Prague, CZ
    My collegue had similar issue: he got a warranty replacement and the serviceman told him that the display was somehow badly glued. I have seen this problem also here on MR, but it doesn't seem to be that common.
  3. Painter2002 macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2017
    Austin, TX
    I would add that on you multi choice selection there should be an option of “Don’t have issue”, to be a well rounded survey. I don’t have the issue so I can’t contribute or see the survey results of how common the issue is among Macrumor members
  4. TheMacApple macrumors regular


    Aug 20, 2015
    Changed vote to other. Didn’t read far enough to see “has a problem “
    My 18 mbp 15” is ok
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Done, there's now a problem free selection
  6. Sterkenburg macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2016
    My work-issued 2017 has this problem (but my personal 2018 seems safe for now). It’s not easy to spot at first, but becomes quite evident once you notice.
  7. imaccooper macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2014
    North Carolina
    Got 4 of these at work with different people, one 2018 and three 2017s, and haven’t seen the issue yet. I replaced the screen on one of them because of a crack but haven’t seen it on the new screen either.
  8. Mishgun17 macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2019
    The same problem on MacBook Pro 2016. Appeared after 18 months of using. I noticed it a couple days ago :(

    Attached Files:

  9. XianquanShi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2019
    At first, I thought I should see an eye doctor:confused:
  10. brzigonzalez macrumors newbie


    Feb 13, 2019
    Hi guys I have macbook pro 2016 13" no touchbar and after 2 year I have now just noticed blue spots they have appeared in the middle of the screen. I still have the warranty so i will try to see if they cover it.
  11. AppleGeek321 macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2019
    Does your friend have a report on the issue/statement from the serviceman or is there a way he could get one? It would be a step closer to providing evidence of a factory issue.
  12. afir93 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2018
    I have had a similar issue on my 2018 MacBook Pro 15" that became noticeable in December 2018, brought it in in January and they replaced my display, no issues since. From the photos posted in this thread, it looks very much like it's the same issue.

    Here's my thread along with a photo if OP (or anyone else) wants to compare:


    If I shall provide any other information about my machine for those of you who want to get to the bottom of this issue, let me know.
  13. Martius macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    Prague, CZ
    Well, that report stated "manufacturing defect of the display assembly" (translated from Czech). He also got a new keyboard, because of the sticking keys.
  14. SerDit macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2019
    I have same problem. MBP 15' 2016, bought it in 2017, so now i am out of warranty. It's really sad.
  15. afir93 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2018
    That sucks. FYI, you might want to check if your display has any signs of the anti-reflective coating coming off, and (if not) keep an eye out if it happens in the future. Even small signs of "staingate" may make the machine eligible for the 4-year anti-reflective coating replacement program, which replaces the entire display and therefore should eliminate this problem. May or may not happen, but if it does, you may want to jump at the opportunity.
  16. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Uh oh!
    Could this become....
    ColorGate....? ;)
  17. Mishgun17 macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2019
    Tried to open the green picture and saw the bigger spot on my screen(
  18. Mishgun17 macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2019
    Tried to open the green picture and saw the bigger spot on my screen(

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  19. XianquanShi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2019
  20. marmiteturkey, Apr 14, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019

    marmiteturkey macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2005
    Noticed exactly this on my 2018 15in mbp on Friday; taking it in for a check tomorrow. I’m not sure how long it’s been there - it’s not obvious except on a plain light background, but once it’s seen it can’t be unseen... and a £3k laptop should have a perfect screen after 6 months...

    Edit: took it to apple today and straight away the genius agreed. It’s now in for a screen replacement on warranty.
  21. XianquanShi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2019
    My initial vote purpose was to see the correlation between the problem occurrence and different macbook models, so there is no option for "No problems". After added "no problems", the vote makes no sense any more. It can reflect neither the failure rate nor the correlation I previously wanted.

    The plausible solution maybe is to clear the previous vote, and replace it simply by two options "have the problem" or "no problem", noticing people that vote only when you have new macbook pro models, becauses it seems the problem is only for new models.
  22. jerryk, Apr 16, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2019

    jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    You might want to consider older units as well. I seem to remembering people posting issues with them. People used also stated a preference for one panel manufacturer versus another (such as Samsung vs. LG)

    Also, I think this is an industry wide issues since Apple and other laptop manufactures use panels created by other companies and sometimes use the panels from different manufacturers on the same product. You can find plenty of threads if you google "Laptop color splotches"
  23. johnnymiller100 macrumors newbie


    Nov 13, 2017
    I had a 2015 15" MBP which was fine for 3yrs. replaced it with a 2018 15" MBP in July 2018. It developed a blue patch right in the centre of the screen in October 2018, sent the machine away for warranty repair and got it back with a new display.

    As of now (April 2019) its happening again, started to see the bluish tinge in the middle exactly the same as before. Definitely something not right with them. Never had this in the 3yrs I had with the 2015 model.
  24. patwithamac macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2018
    I've had similar experience. Now on a third display, and second logic board. There has gotta be something up with the backlights in these displays.
  25. nortonandreev macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2016
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    I had a backlight issue on my MacBook Pro 2017 and it appeared 2 weeks after the warranty expired and Apple refused to repair it for free, so I was really furious about it. Today I saw the same issue on my MacBook Pro 2018. Really disappointed, to be honest.

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