What could be causing 13" MBP chassis to bulge like this?

ascender

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Dec 8, 2005
3,209
1,145
My immediate reaction was obviously an expanding battery, but the location seems strange, left hand side, underneath the usb-c ports.
 

Attachments

4sallypat

macrumors 6502a
Sep 16, 2016
627
628
So Calif
Was is dropped causing the cover to bow?
Take off the bottom cover and take a look.
Or if it's under warranty, take it into Apple.
 
  • Like
Reactions: ascender

ascender

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Dec 8, 2005
3,209
1,145
There's no signs of drop damage to the case and its not mine, otherwise I'd take the bottom off and have a nose around! Was just wondering what it could be.... Drop or bulging battery was my first thought but there's no battery up there.
 

chrfr

macrumors G3
Jul 11, 2009
9,541
3,426
There's no signs of drop damage to the case and its not mine, otherwise I'd take the bottom off and have a nose around! Was just wondering what it could be.... Drop or bulging battery was my first thought but there's no battery up there.
I'd assume impact damage. Maybe the computer fell on that side while something was plugged into the USB ports.
 
  • Like
Reactions: ascender

Fishrrman

macrumors Core
Feb 20, 2009
19,390
6,701
The owner should take it to an Apple Store right away (or as soon as they re-open after the coronavirus scare) and have them look at it.

If it's the battery, a free replacement battery may be in order.
 
  • Like
Reactions: ascender

ascender

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Dec 8, 2005
3,209
1,145
Thanks everyone. I think that's the most likely cause - I can actually see its starting to bulge on the other side too, ever so slightly.
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.