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Apple hit with class-action lawsuit over MacBook backlight issues

15-inch MacBook Pro
15-inch MacBook Pro (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple has been hit with a class-action lawsuit.
  • It's over claims Apple was aware of a MacBook Prod design flaw which caused backlighting issues.
  • Only some identified MacBooks were covered by Apple's own repair program.

A new class-action lawsuit alleges that Apple was aware of a design issue within the MacBook Pro which caused backlighting issues.

According to AppleInsider:

A class-action complaint lodged Wednesday claims Apple was aware of a MacBook Pro design flaw that caused some units to exhibit backlight display issues.Filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the action targets the so-called "stage light" or "flexgate" issue that presented in MacBook Pro models manufactured in 2016 and 2017.

The suit, filed yesterday, allegedly refers to a problem discovered in 2018 which showed up as "dark patches that run across the bottom" of a problematic display. It was soon discovered that the problem was linked to a flex cable connecting the display to the logic board. A repair program was launched to fix the issue, but only in Apple's 2016 13-inch Macbook Pro. It seems that Apple failed to cover both the 15-inch MacBook and models after 2016 which were also identified as problematic.

Repair costs prior to the program, and for those whose models were not covered by it, were very expensive because it usually meant replacing the entire display.

The suit seeks that Apple is ordered to identify "all defective Macbook Pro laptops", listing them on its website and removing them from the stream of commerce, as well as an award of damages to the class members of the suit.

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.