rMBP hole in screen?

i4Collin

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Apr 4, 2011
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I cleaned my screen tonight on my month old rMBP and...
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There is a definite hole in the middle-right of the screen. At first thought it was a dead pixel, but then I realized that I could feel it with my fingernail. I then thought maybe it was a crumb so I tried to get it off with a microfiber cloth. After 5 minutes of scrubbing I couldn't get it off and only managed to make whatever it was bigger and more noticeable. Whatever it is, it took me until now to notice it. If I take it to the genius bar will they repair/replace it?
 
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Panini

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Jun 12, 2012
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Could you be more specific? Has a part of the screen been dented in or is there really a hole that goes through the screen?
 

i4Collin

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No part of the screen has been dented and when I scratched at it, my fingernail went in the screen, not out as if it were a crumb. Now I'm just afraid to touch it with anything.
 

Panini

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Jun 12, 2012
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It couldn't hurt to try, man.
It couldn't, but I wouldn't get your hopes high. As far as they're concerned, there is no realistic explanation as to why this could have been their fault.

However, AppleCare has always been sympathetic, even when it's your own mistake and the fault isn't covered by AppleCare officially. It's worth a try, but you'll have to rely on sympathy and get lucky.
 

BlazednSleepy

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Apr 15, 2012
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I just turned off the lights and looked at the screen and you can clearly see all of the places where it is bleeding. I never thought to look for that until now. This just isn't my night. :(
Tell me about it. I'm getting my second replacement soon. :(
 

Jiten

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Jul 16, 2008
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Some sort of chip on the screen perhaps. Its clearly some sort of factory defect, better bring it back to the Applestore to have it fixed.
 

i4Collin

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If you look at it from the side, there appears to be a tiny ripple surrounding the chip. I made an appointment at the genius bar tonight.
 

dcorban

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It looks like that spot missed some of the coating, using for anti-glare and polarizing.
 

gokart mozart

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Jun 20, 2011
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Take it in. They should repair it since it is within the one year warranty. I can't see how that would be a user-casued issue, so there shouldn't be a charge.
 

terraphantm

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Jun 27, 2009
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I just turned off the lights and looked at the screen and you can clearly see all of the places where it is bleeding. I never thought to look for that until now. This just isn't my night. :(
Just FYI, the magenta/green hues you see aren't light bleed per se. They're a known artifact of A-TW polarizers. The benefit of those polarizers is that black levels stay relatively constant even at angles.

You do have some backlight bleed at the left edge though
 

Krazy Bill

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Dec 21, 2011
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You had something on your keyboard when you closed the lid.

That's what they'll say. :eek: Good luck though.
 

AirKai

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Jun 20, 2010
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I have the exact same sized hole in mine is on the left side. Where you getting anything out of your genius bar appointment?
 

Dyno-Mike

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Aug 19, 2012
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I have 2 of these holes. They just appeared on 2 separate occasions. They look like stuck pixels but at certain angles you can clearly see the hole in the top surface screen layer.

Its as if a pixel has exploded or something. Crazy as it sounds.
 

GekkePrutser

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Aug 18, 2005
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Check if it mates up with the metal edge around the keyboard (where the palmrest starts), I've seen more reports from people saying the screen got scratched or chipped because of that edge touching the screen when it was closed. That would make it more of a manufacturing/design problem (at least I hope they'll see it that way).
 

AirKai

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Jun 20, 2010
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Mine seems to match with the upper left hand corner of the trackpad. I'll give Apple a call tomorrow and ask what they can do about it.
 

GekkePrutser

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Mine seems to match with the upper left hand corner of the trackpad. I'll give Apple a call tomorrow and ask what they can do about it.
Yeah I've also seen reports of that happening (the trackpad edge). I just didn't mention it here because it looked way too far to the right to be that, in the photo from the topic starter.

One guy I read about even took it in for repair but it happened again after a week, even though he was very careful not to put pressure on the screen. He said he also made sure not to let it 'slap' itself shut when closing.

I've also seen similar reports from some 13" MacBook Air owners, although there it always seems to scratch (and make faint white blotches), not chip the surface as it seems to do here. Strange. Maybe the front glass has different properties.

I've been following these screen chipping issues on the forums because I'm very interested in owning a 15" rMBP but my use will involve lots of backpack travel and sometimes cramming it in already cramped hand luggage. I don't want to constantly be super careful not putting too much pressure on the screen :) So I haven't got one yet.

The MacBook I have now is also very prone to pressure although it just cracks the topcase and it's a known problem, and I've managed to 'fix' it by putting rubber stops around the screen. Not pretty but it's rock solid now :) It's a real trooper.