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Apple extends free repairs of anti-reflective coating on certain MacBooks

AR coating defect on MacBook
AR coating defect on MacBook (Image credit: staingate.org)

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According to a document obtained by MacRumors, Apple has extended its repair program for the second time, upping the coverage for those experiencing issues with anti-reflective coating to four years on eligible 12-inch MacBook or 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. This means if your MacBook qualifies and is still within the four-year coverage period, you could get a free display replacement.

MacRumors has compiled a list of the absolute latest dates that 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro models will likely be eligible for coverage based on the date they were discontinued, but the site advises you to still check your receipt to be certain of when you purchased your computer. The list is as follows:

  • 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro: July 2018
  • 2013 15-inch MacBook Pro: July 2018
  • 2014 13-inch MacBook Pro: March 2019
  • 2014 15-inch MacBook Pro: May 2019
  • 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro: October 2020
  • 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro: Still sold
  • 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro: June 2021
  • 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro: June 2021
  • 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro: Still sold
  • 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro: Still sold
  • 2015 12-inch MacBook: April 2020
  • 2016 12-inch MacBook: June 2021
  • 2017 12-inch MacBook: Still sold

The site also notes that the 2012 MacBook Pro is no longer eligible for coverage because it was discontinued over four years ago.

If you're suffering from the anti-reflective coating wear blues, you can schedule an appointment at your local Genius Bar by using the Apple Support App (opens in new tab) or by going directly to Apple's support page (opens in new tab).

Because the updated repair program hasn't yet been announced publicly, some Apple support personnel may not know that it's been changed. MacRumors suggests escalating your request to a senior advisor if possible.

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Tory Foulk is a writer at Mobile Nations. She lives at the intersection of technology and sorcery and enjoys radio, bees, and houses in small towns. When she isn't working on articles, you'll likely find her listening to her favorite podcasts in a carefully curated blanket nest. You can follow her on Twitter at @tsfoulk.