Quebec 2011 MacBook Pro owners can now apply for $175 & a repair refund

Macbook Pro Old
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What you need to know

  • A Quebec court has given the OK for a 2011 MacBook Pro settlement.
  • Some machines required repair due to a graphics defect. Those who paid can now claim a CAD $175 refund.

A Quebec court has given the go-ahead for an Apple settlement related to defective 2011 MacBook Pros. Users found that they were suffering from various graphical issues related to the AMD GPUs used, often having to pay for repairs. Apple agreed a settlement back in January and that has now been approved.

As PCMag points out, "the settlement is open to anyone who purchased a 15- or 17-inch 2011 MacBook Pro laptop in Quebec, or those who live in Quebec and own or owned one of those models." Owners can claim a $175 fee for the issue as well as a refund for any repair work they had carried out.

A settlement website will be updated before the end of next week to allow people to make their claims. Anyone who paid for a repair on one of the impacted machines will be able to claim a refund as well, according to court documents.

The case dates back to 2014, when a class-action suit was filed against Apple, alleging that its 2011 MacBook Pros suffered from graphics issues. Those affected are now eligible to recoup $175 CAD for their trouble, as well as a refund for any repair services they might have paid for.

It's important to note that Apple didn't lose any case here, although it did choose to settle. Presumably because it thought it would lose if legal proceedings continued.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.