Apple has extended its 13-inch MacBook Pro Display Backlight Repair Program, ensuring that anyone can get a repair for an impacted machine for up to five years after it was originally purchased. Otherwise, the program runs for three years after its beginning.

The original cutoff was for four years after the program began, which was back in May 21, 2019.

Apple launched the program when it determined that:

a very small percentage of 13-inch MacBook Pro displays may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:

  • Display backlight continuously or intermittently shows vertical bright areas along the entire bottom of the screen
  • Display backlight stops working completely

Anyone with an impacted MacBook Pro can now request a free repair from Apple or an authorized repair center, although that might be easier said than done given the current state of Apple Stores around the globe. Many are closed or only offering collections thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As iFixit noted last year, it seems that the fault lies with a flex cable that isn’t as strong as it could be. The result is a cable that breaks during use – the cable has to move every time the MacBook Pro’s display is opened and closed. The issue isn’t thought to impact more recent MacBook Pro models, however.

Head on over to the program’s webpage here for more information.

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