rMBP dead Pixels / Exploding

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by varsis, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. varsis macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2005
    Just curious how many people are having issues with this?
    This will be my second display when I go deal with it. (As well as one logic board) They seem to be appearing in the same spot making me think it is a closeness to the body issue. I put my laptop in my backpack to go to school, so there will be pressure on it. (Kinda hard to avoid and I consider this normal use) I have a few dead pixels now. A few which have the coating gone. (well several) This and one large one which seems to line up with a spot just above the track pad, looks like a small defect in the coating of the body. (I feel like the pixel may have exploded while touching this part, it's not like I use it near sand or something) I remember seeing this looking for something on the laptop but nothing was there. See attached.

    Hopefully they don't say i caused it.

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  2. GSPice macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2008
    I'd never consider any kind of significant pressure on an expensive notebook to be "normal use" - especially in the middle of the screen. I highly recommend a case or backpack that ensures no such pressure.

    That being said, I don't see why Apple would blame you for a dead pixel. If the screen is wearing away at that point from a key rubbing, that's another manufacturing fault that they should take care of.

    If the upper case is being pressed so hard that it rubs away the screen from contact with the keys, that's entirely not Apple's responsibility.

    Hopefully they just give you a new one.
  3. Plateglass macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2013
    Why the hell do people come to these forums with these issues? Do you think mr joe schmoe sitting drinking his cup of warm chocolate milk in the morning sitting in his PJs is going to help you with your hardware issues? GO TO AN APPLE STORE.
  4. marc55 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Thank goodness everyone on these forums aren't like you, or there wouldn't be a need for MacRumors.
  5. Ai-apple macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2013
    LOL. Because the INTERNET will solve everything.
  6. varsis thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2005
    I wouldn't say it's significant pressure. But there will be some in a back pack if I lean over or there is a few books in there with it. It's not like I am putting weights on top of it. Either way I think a case might be the next solution. I don't want to have to get a new screen every 6 months.

    And to the OP, I was just seeing how many people are having this problem not to have you solve it. It is going to the apple store tomorrow.
  7. varsis thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2005
    in case anyone wondering it did get replaced. Hopefully this one lasts.
  8. Godlikes macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2013
    It's going to be a shame if the Macbook Pro screens are susceptible to dead/light pixels. I've owned so many laptops yet not one had ever generated a dodgy pixel.

    Could it be that in addition to yellow screens the new screens are also pixel defect prone - low quality junk screens.
  9. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    It will be hard to me getting a new Macbook Pro after the yellowgate/retentiongate. Sadly, Macbook Pros became consumer products and doesn't deserve a status of portable workstation anymore. My white macbook still has a brighter and more reliable screen than most TN displays currently sold in laptops. My girlfriend's 2013 ultrabook has a dimmer screen than my 2009 mac. Sadly, things has changed after retina Macbooks and their "top-notch" IPS panels have came to the market.

    I guess owners of a cMBP 15" with high-res TN display are better equipped than the owners of 15" retinas with non-uniform color tinting. They also can upgrade their RAM up to 16GB and install standard form-factor SSDs. This is probably the last mobile workstation from Apple.

    Maybe in the next gen rMBPs will get IGZO display and early (not so early after 1,5yrs) adopters will be known as "the ones who have MBPs with low-quality retina displays".
  10. GoBengals macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2013
    we appreciate you bringing nothing to the forum what so ever..

    this is exactly what the forums are for.. so the next 1500 people with this issue can see others had the issue, and did X, Y, and Z to resolve it and what apple may or may not do...

    thanks again, for nothing.
  11. Godlikes macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2013
    I have a bad feeling that Apple will use OLED with IGZO to make sure screens degrade over time. It's the trend so far ...
  12. doless macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2014
    well i just noticed a few marks that are hardly noticeable on a lighter picture but definitely noticeable on a black background

    At the bottom left of each "blemish" it looks like a white dot/dead pixel

    Tried to wipe them off but they seem to be light indents in the screen.

    I take very good care of my mac, no dints/dings, carry it in a soft case everywhere.

    Has extended applecare until december 2015 (late 2012 13" retina model)

    Anyone know what it might be? This is ridiculous, my 2011/2010/2009 never had any display issues.

  13. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    Yeah, I've got like 4 now on my late 2013 15" rMBP. The first showed up about 2 weeks after I got the machine and there are three that I can see and feel now. They aren't lit up in a dark screen like the first poster but they are visible on a white screen (which sucks when reading papers). I can also feel them as slight craters with my fingernail. I'm pretty sure they are caused by design flaws as a) I use a laptop bag with a hard back preventing pressure on the screen against the keyboard, and b) I don't live anywhere near sand. When near a Applestore I'll probably get the screen swapped out (thankfully bought Applecare so no rush). It's a real shame how this seems to be plaguing some of these otherwise amazing screens.

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  14. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Could I ask if this is a 13" or a 15"?
  15. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    True dat.
    Much true dat.
  16. varsis thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2005
  17. island219 macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2013
    15 Same Issue

    I've got the same issue as mentioned in the thread... now 3 small clusters within a 1 inch area (just above the spacebar)

    I keep my laptop fairly clean... but with the screen off you can see an outline of where the spacebar sits along with 3 small craters (that I can feel)

    These craters are now all dead pixels... it was 3 last week... Grrr. Booking into an apple store soon but this is my main work machine so I cannot afford to be down for much time :/
  18. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    There is some info here http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=19722432#post19722432 how I got Apple to replace a screen with exploded pixels over a year out of warranty.
  19. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    I've still not bothered replacing mine. Just learned to live with it I suppose. I'm glad no new pixel craters have erupted though.
  20. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Ahhh another.....

    ...... I throw my laptop into a bag full of books and now the screen has issues threads... there really is a solution, get yourself a laptop bag for your mac and treat it as you would any other $2000-$3000 instrument you had bought.

    I use many scientific instruments for work some which need to travel..... Guess what they all come with their own bag and protective cases to stop damage.

    Allowing lots of pressure on the lid of your macbook is not normal usage it is just abuse of a precision instrument...
  21. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    Talking about two different issues though. Exploding pixels are a thing, I did some web research on it and found some affected screens were placed under a microscope, it was very telling. Some people have also witnessed the 'pop' when they explode.

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