Many Retina MacBook Pro owners have been complaining about an issue that is causing the anti-reflective display coating to wear off of their MacBook’s screen, leaving what looks like a stain. Now dubbed Staingate, the issue has become so widespread that MacBook owners affected have created a website in a bid to team up against Apple and kick off a replacement or repair programme.
As of mid October, it looks like the website and persistant complaints from users has attracted Apple’s attention, leading the company to reportedly kick off a replacement programme to fix the staingate problem for free.
That’s according to multiple reports that suggest that Apple has issued an internal notice to describe the replacement programme, which will allow owners of an affected computer to pay a visit to an Apple Store and get their MacBook’s display fixed. Eligible Macs will have been purchased within the last three years or within a year of October 16 2015, whichever is the longest.
Plus, if you’ve already had your affected MacBook fixed but had to pay for it, you may be entitled to a refund as part of the programme.
Apple has yet to publicly confirm that the replacement programme is official, but we’ll update this article as soon as we find out more. Some reports suggest that Apple won’t be announcing the programme on its support site, but that it will instead quietly kick off the programme for affected customers.