What would a new 15" Retina display cost from Apple?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cloudsurfer, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816


    Apr 12, 2007
    What would it cost to replace the display on a 2012 (first gen) rMBP? The reason I ask is because I have the opportunity to buy a fully specced 2012 rMBP (2,7GHz i7 Ivy Bridge, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) but I've spotted some white spots and dead pixels in the display.

    The computer is perfectly fine otherwise, no scratches, no dents, even the keyboard looks new as the original owner always used an external keyboard and mouse. But the display really bothers me.

    The computer is coming on 3 years old so I'm out of initial warranty (no Apple Care). I'd have to pay the full price for the repair, but I may be able to talk that off the price of the unit.

    What do you guys think? Is it worth changing the display on a 3 year old rMBP? I really, really, hate things in my screen :p
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Apple doesn't just replace the display panel on rMBPs because they're laminated to the top cover. The entire top assembly is going to be replaced and that can be pricey.
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Where are you??

    If you are in the UK they have to fix it under consumer law for up to 5 years for an inbuilt defect.
  4. Cloudsurfer thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 12, 2007
    I am in the Netherlands, as far as I know we have a mandatory 2 year warranty. Anything else is up to the goodwill of Apple.
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013

    Thats the general EU warranty. You are going to be looking at 400 to 500 euro at a guess from apple themselves. you may well be better off putting that money towards a new laptop...

    In the uk we have a few mac repair places that'll do a replacement for around £200 it will be worth your while having a look if thats available where you are...

    It is possible to do it yourself ifixit has a guide looks like a bit of a bitch though...

  6. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Frankly, this doesn't sound like such a good deal to me...
  7. Asher133 macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2015
    How good of a deal are they giving you for the laptop and also i would just call your local Apple store and get a price quote
  8. Cloudsurfer thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 12, 2007
    Just called some repair shops, it's going to cost me around 700 euros, so that's pretty steep. I should be able to get the computer down to 900 euros, but even so that would be 1600 euros just to be happy with a 3 year old computer.

    I guess it's more economical to get a new one.
  9. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    Generally 900 from what I know
  10. vjobs, Feb 19, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2015

    vjobs macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2013
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    I'm from the Netherlands as well. However, I will answer in English so everybody can understand.

    The standard 2-year warranty is by EU law.
    In the Netherlands, warranty is not 2 years, but at least 2 years and sometimes even longer depending on price and reasonable expectations of the product.

    The MacBook Pro is an expensive notebook compared to similar spec notebooks.
    Also, Apple is a luxury/quality brand, at least how they express themselves.

    This is why, in all likelihood, you may expect the MacBook Pro to last at least 3 years without any problems.

    There's a consumer website for Dutch consumers, which tells you everything about warranty/law. They also have an example letter how to ask for a free repair/replacement out of warranty but within reasonable expectations of the product. This example can be found here. (Dutch)

    I think you should send such a letter to the shop where the MacBook Pro is bought (Apple, or an APR like Amac or iCentre). You're within your rights to ask a free repair/replacement, but they will likely try to let you pay for the repair. Only if you are aware of your rights, and send them a letter to let them know, they will repair for free.

    If you need any further assistance, let me know. Good luck!

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