MacBook (2015) is Bendy

Toadsfather

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Hi all,

I thought this would be of interest...

Yesterday I took delivery of a new 2015 MacBook Retina (1.2ghz/8/512).

I took it to work today for the first time. It was safely in a Snugg case (leather - see Amazon) in my work backpack. Backpack was otherwise empty. When I got on the train and placed the MacBook on the train table, I soon realised the base of the unit had become "wobbly". I assumed it was the train table, but when I got home and laid it on the dining room table I noticed same. The front right quadrant had become slightly elevated off the level surface of the table, by only about 2-3mm but enough to cause a distinct wobble on key press of keys on right hand side. I lifted the unit and gently applied pressure to correct the bend/warp which worked immediately.

So...it would seem the new MacBook can bend in a similar way to the iPhone 6plus can. However, I am concerned as no significant pressure had been applied to the unit during my journey in anyway; nor was it hot when I opened the case.

If it happens again I'll video the gap and wobble...anyone else noticed same?

Cheers
 

newellj

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Hi all,

I thought this would be of interest...

Yesterday I took delivery of a new 2015 MacBook Retina (1.2ghz/8/512).

I took it to work today for the first time. It was safely in a Snugg case (leather - see Amazon) in my work backpack. Backpack was otherwise empty. When I got on the train and placed the MacBook on the train table, I soon realised the base of the unit had become "wobbly". I assumed it was the train table, but when I got home and laid it on the dining room table I noticed same. The front right quadrant had become slightly elevated off the level surface of the table, by only about 2-3mm but enough to cause a distinct wobble on key press of keys on right hand side. I lifted the unit and gently applied pressure to correct the bend/warp which worked immediately.

So...it would seem the new MacBook can bend in a similar way to the iPhone 6plus can. However, I am concerned as no significant pressure had been applied to the unit during my journey in anyway; nor was it hot when I opened the case.

If it happens again I'll video the gap and wobble...anyone else noticed same?

Cheers
There have been a couple of reports of warped rMBs fresh from the box. I don't think I've seen any reports of rMBs getting bent in normal use. It probably came from Apple warped - return/exchange it.
 

Dayv

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There have been a couple of reports of warped rMBs fresh from the box. I don't think I've seen any reports of rMBs getting bent in normal use. It probably came from Apple warped - return/exchange it.
Just adding my agreement, this is exactly what I was going to suggest as well.
 

legioxi

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Mar 2, 2013
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Mine has the same issue on occasion. The right palm rest will be elevated a mm or two above the surface and pressing on it can rock the laptop just ever so slightly. Some decent pressure and it levels out.

I keep mine in a backpack loaded with work tools, weighs 30-40lbs depending on the day. I'm not too worried about it, my 11" Air did the same thing and it lasted me a long time (I only replaced it due to the rMB being released, not due to damage or wear).
 

ZipZap

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These things are flying out the manufacturing facilities and probably don't have time to settle and properly cure.

I would swap it. Don't wait at this point and risk being stuck with Apple repairing. You're entitled to a new machine.
 

bcaslis

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Usually this can be fixed at the genius bar by loosing the bottom screws, then realigning then tightening the screws. The same issue was very common on the MBA.
 

newellj

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I believe there was also one report of one that had hinges so tight that unless the owner opened it from the center of the lid it would twist a little and rock on a flat surface.
 

Beau10

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Just adding my agreement, this is exactly what I was going to suggest as well.
The OP is on point here.

I've owned 2 11" MBAs in the past that would go out of alignment like this every month or two - fix was simple as the the OP illustrated, and is just as easy to induce a wobble with a slight twist.
 

thewusman

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Aug 8, 2013
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The OP is on point here.

I've owned 2 11" MBAs in the past that would go out of alignment like this every month or two - fix was simple as the the OP illustrated, and is just as easy to induce a wobble with a slight twist.
Got my rMB Tuesday and noticed a slight 1mm wobble on the left front side.

Fixed with the slightest amount of pressure applied on the opposite side by hand.

Not an issue for me unless it happens daily, which it does not seem to.

Chassis is light, guess it is bound to happen depending on how you handle or mishandle it.

Solid as apple products are, they're not built from kryptonite just yet.
 

iRun26.2

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Maybe not all of the rubber feet are exactly the same either.

I'm just glad that mine seems perfect.
 

blulegend

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I believe there was also one report of one that had hinges so tight that unless the owner opened it from the center of the lid it would twist a little and rock on a flat surface.
That was me. Look for my thread. I now have no issues with it. If I notice wobbling, I just fiddle with the hinge back and forth a wiggle and it's level again on the surface.

Don't get me wrong, the base is flexible though but I think it's unrelated to my concern.
 

blesscheese

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Apr 3, 2010
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I'm not too surprised...I picked up a rMB at the Apple store, and was shocked that it actually felt flimsy to me, like it would bend.

This is from a long-time MBA owner. In fact, when I took apart my MBA once, I was shocked to see how thin the case was--it felt so solid!

Apple may be doing too much do shave off weight on this thing.
 

burgman

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I'm not too surprised...I picked up a rMB at the Apple store, and was shocked that it actually felt flimsy to me, like it would bend.

This is from a long-time MBA owner. In fact, when I took apart my MBA once, I was shocked to see how thin the case was--it felt so solid!

Apple may be doing too much do shave off weight on this thing.
Get real, Shocked I say :eek:
 

Toadsfather

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Apr 14, 2015
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Conclusion

Interesting replies...I think on balance, as it's unlikely to a specific fault with this unit, I won't return it. Considering what a non-issue it was to rectify it myself it's probably not worth the hassle of taking it into an Apple Store (Apple Stores drive me insane...find them very irritating places tbh!). If it bends repeatedly and/or to a worse extent I will return it though.

Hasn't happened again, so perhaps it was a factory issue.
 

Fuchal

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My very first 11" Air had the same issue right out of the box. Apple replaced it. I'd guess they have to tune their tolerances slightly.
 

vegaspeed

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Apr 2, 2016
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I brought mine in for this issue on Friday and The "Genius" says he has never seen something like this in 4 years of working at The Apple Store so it must be a problem I created. He mentioned that all products are thoroughly inspected before they leave China so all their products are pretty much perfection from the factory. Apparently this is a "cosmetic" issue in their eyes and I can go pound sand.
 

DeltaMac

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I would mostly agree with the "genius"
It is simply part of the design, and a quick process to gently "un-bend" your rMB to make it sit flat again.

Of course, if you are within your first 14 days from purchase, then you can return it, even for no reason at all.
 

sakabaro

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Feb 24, 2015
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+1 to just gently unbend it the other way. mine has the same issue and I think every one does.
 

vegaspeed

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I would mostly agree with the "genius"
It is simply part of the design, and a quick process to gently "un-bend" your rMB to make it sit flat again.

Of course, if you are within your first 14 days from purchase, then you can return it, even for no reason at all.
No other display models exhibited the same behavior, so definitely not part of the design.
 

DeltaMac

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Store models don't really get moved around too much.
They won't be bent while just sitting there on display, eh?
If you gently bend a store model rMB, they will do that, too (not that you SHOULD do that to store displays, but you could)
I think what I meant to say was that the design would allow for a small amount of movement that way.
Without that, you would run the risk of cracking your rMB. I'm thinking that would not be something that you want to do.. :D
 

ZipZap

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Mine is a year old. Never had this issue. Even if common it is not right. That unit should sit flat. Anyone who says otherwise is crazy.

Take it in and get them to fix it. I would not bend it back myself. That correction might be obvious or go wrong, and then they can blame you.

Genius workers are far from it. There are 1000's of posts about poor quality control at the factory. I would call Apple directly.
 
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