MBP 2011 Replacement Program Is Here!

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  1. matty1551 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2009

    Apple has determined that a small percentage of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts. These MacBook Pro systems were sold between February 2011 and December 2013.

    Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will repair affected MacBook Pro systems, free of charge. See below for details on affected models and service options.

    As of February 20, 2015, the repair process will be available in the U.S. and Canada. In other countries, it will be available as of February 27, 2015.


    An affected MacBook Pro may display one or more of the following symptoms:

    Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen
    No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on
    Computer restarts unexpectedly

    Products affected

    15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models manufactured in 2011
    15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina models manufactured from Mid 2012 to Early 2013

    Identify your model
    Use the "Check your Coverage" tool on the Apple Support site to determine if your MacBook Pro model matches the list of affected products below. Sample results:

    Check your coverage

    Affected Models
    MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011)
    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)
    MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012)
    MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2011)
    MacBook Pro (17-inch Late 2011)
    MacBook Pro (Retina, 15 inch, Early 2013)

    Note: If your MacBook Pro is not experiencing any of these symptoms and is not one of the products affected, you do not need to contact Apple.

    Repair Process
    Please choose one of the options below for service. Your MacBook Pro will be examined prior to any service to verify that it is eligible for this program and is otherwise in working order.

    Note: If your MacBook Pro has any damage, which prevents the repair, such as a cracked screen, that issue will need to be resolved during service. You will be notified about any additional repair charges that are required.

    Please back up your data before your MacBook Pro is serviced. Learn more about backup options.

    Bring your MacBook Pro to a participating provider - Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider.
    A technician will run a diagnostic test on the MacBook Pro to verify eligibility.
    Repair turn around time will vary based upon parts and technician availability.
    You will be notified when your MacBook Pro is ready for pickup.
    Call Apple and request a postage paid box to send your MacBook Pro to the local Apple Repair Center.
    A technician will run a diagnostic test on your MacBook Pro to verify eligibility.
    The repair process takes approximately 5-7 days from the time your MacBook Pro is received at the repair center until it is returned to you.
    After it has been serviced, your MacBook Pro will be returned to you by mail.


    Should have said "repair" program. My bad guys.
  2. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    Too bad it took so long, but it is good to see Apple do the right thing with the replacement program.
  3. venom600 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 23, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    The big question is what they are fixing the issue with. So far they've been replacing defective parts with new defective parts... if they haven't actually fixed the root cause of the problem, they are just pushing the problem down the road.
  4. slapple macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2008
  5. chriscrk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2011
    Planet Earth (?)
    How can I know if my Mac is being covered by this programme?
    I've entered my serial number to check (I have a early 2011, 15inch MBP, bought in early 2012 though), and I get this when I enter the serial number:

    (Bought it in latin america, where I live)

    Attached Files:

  6. Kauai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2010
    Are refurbished units covered by this?

    I'm really confused because I have two lines, one blue and one red, on the right side of my screen. They don't show up in screenshots so I'd assumed they must be physical and not graphics, - but they also disappear and reappear sometimes, days at a time.

    Any ideas?
  7. matty1551 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2009
    If it was a refurb from Apple, sure, they will cover it. If not you may be SOL if Apple looks at it and thinks it's been taken apart by a 3rd party.
  8. logicstudiouser macrumors 6502


    Feb 4, 2010
    So, has Apple made any changes to the logic boards (reball) or are these just new faulty replacement parts offered for free?
  9. matty1551 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2009
    Lol. Sad but true. Thankfully if mine fails again I'll be getting a replacement MBPr at not cost so I'm kinda hoping mine craps out on me.
  10. Hank Meyer macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2014

    I don't credit Apple with any moral kudos for this program. This is solely because they're being sued. They should have cared about their customers and reputation in a way that would make me want to come back and buy more, not tell all my friends what a terrible company they are! Fools.

    This was my first Mac computer and judging by my experience its going to be hard for me to buy from them again. When I pay a premium price, I expect both a premium product as well as premium service.

    Two thumbs down for Macintrash. :mad:
  11. widestload macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2008
    manchester UK
    I had my 2011 17" MBP repaired by them a couple of weeks ago (for free under EU law). Good to see the problem has been formally recognised though and as this extends through to end end of Feb next year I'm taking this as meaning I have another year of cover against GPU problems. So all in all I'm happy :) (although obviously not as much as I would be if it weren't a problem in the first place).
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