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Jun 14, 2009

I have a 2016 13” MacBook Pro that has developed a display problem. The backlight does not work, i can see everything on the screen but it is incredibly faint and only visible in certain light.

Prior to this, the display also had, what I would describe as, a wave like backlight bleed along the bottom. This occurred about a month prior to the no backlight issue. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of this but I’ve uploaded a picture I have found with a similar problem.

From my limited reading it is possible the no backlight is caused by a logic board issue. Is it likely that the the wave like backlight bleed is also caused by the same thing or a fault with the display itself?

I don’t have apple care and the device is way out of warranty so I’m trying to mentally price up a repair, whether it just needs a logic board or a logic board plus display, before making a trip to an apple store or authorised reseller.

This coupled with the fact my ‘x’ key is outputting duplicate characters I’m wondering whether it’s going to be cost effective to repair this laptop or find a different solution. If anyone has any previous experience of UK prices to repair MacBooks I would be greatful to hear what they are.

Thanks in advance


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macrumors 68040
Apr 26, 2013
Because it's 'Apple', you will get ripped off with repair prices. The LCD is a ****** to replace and as such, a replacement screen assembly is the most commonly sought answer. It could also be a combination of things, blown backlight fuse, faulty LCD driver IC, PCH faulty - not sending backlight enable to LCD driver IC (LP8550), lcd flex cable or even the LCD itself.

Cost wise, you could be looking at anywhere between £200 - £400 depending on replacement parts and labour.

Good luck in finding a good quality repair shop who will not butcher your machine because they do not really know what they are doing.
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macrumors 68020
Oct 18, 2008
Did you buy it direct from apple? if so, take it in for repair and push for a consumer law repair. If not direct from Apple, in theory you have the same rights via the retailer that sold it, but Apple themselves will not directly do anything.

Certainly worth a try, machine is only a few years old.
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