Macbook Pro LED Screen Discoloration/Spots (15″ 2017 Touch Bar)

180805 – The initial occurrence of purple orange discolouration on MacBook Pro Screen

Frankly I’m surprised more MacBook Pro users haven’t filled the internet with endless threads about their LED screens showing weird discolouration. From my experience with faulty logic boards, shoddily soldered GPUs and throttled iPhones these problems are rarely isolated instances.The closest I came to finding information about the problem was this article in the Apple Communities titled “Orange Discolouration from Bottom-Left corner of MBP Screen”. But get this, it was posted March 3rd 2011. It could very well be the same problem, Louis Rossmann has made a number of excellent videos detailing Apple’s repeated engineering flaws. This really isn’t intended to be a “let’s bash Apple” post, after being a die hard Apple evangelist for 15 years, having converted 20-30 PC users in that time, I’m just tired of the paying premium prices for underwhelming, underperforming hardware and the company that just hit a 1 TRILLION DOLLAR market cap  not even having the decency to admit when they’re f’d up and solve the problem. There, I needed to do my part and put that out there in the hopes of forcing some change. On to my issue… and probably yours.

Below you will find a log of containing all relevant details regarding the spotty screen issues and a timeline that will be updated as I work my way through this issue. If you have any info, suggestions, resources or comments please leave them below so that more people can find and fix this issue.

Computer: Apple MacBook Pro 15″ 2017 Touch Bar

Symptoms

-LED/LCD Screen has orang-y yellow-y spots/patches (looks the same as when you put pressure on an LCD or an oil drop on wet pavement)
-screen spots/patches occur along the very left site of the screen, from top to bottom
-screen spots/patches DISAPPEAR slowly and completely over a few hours when laptop is open!!!
-screen spots/patches REAPPEAR when laptop is closed for 30+ minutes and opened
-screen spot/patch size and intensity seems to correlate to duration that MacBook is closed

Hypothesis

-Heat and/or magnetic field

Timeline

180805 – WTF is This?
-10:54 Slid MacBook Pro out of computer sleeve of fully loaded LowePro camera backpack
-Noticed large orange-yellow faded spot on upper left corner of LED display immediately
-Assumed the only thing that could have caused it was excessive weight/force from camera gear sitting on computer (though this had never happed in the past 8 years)
-Searched for similar problems with MacBooks but found more faulty pixel and crack/break type issues than discoloration
-Confirmed I still have 2 years of Apple+ Care (Thank god!)
-12:36 Spots/discoloration on LED display has completely disappeared!

180805 – The initial occurrence of purple orange discoloration on MacBook Pro Screen


Discoloration/spot has completely faded. (Personal info censored)

180806 – Oh No, it Happened Again!
-08:40-Close MPB and load into the same LowePro camera backpack.
-This time the bag is almost completely empty, no camera gear, no magnets anywhere (I checked just incase), just some sun screen, business cards, small SSD etc.
-12:49 Take computer out to work at cafe, large orange-yellow spots along left side of screen
-This time there are more spots and they are larger than before
-Took a screen shot, no spot on screen shot which means likely not a software issue
-I decide to compile a blog post with all the info I have so far
-13:31 left corner spot has disappeared/dissolved/faded again, lower orangey band faded but still visible

180806 – Second instance of discoloration, this time multiple spots, more orange in color and larger.


1810806 – Screen shot to confirm it is not software related.


180806 – Orange spots on Macbook Display slowly fading away…

180807 – Unexpected Twist
-11:05 pulled laptop from camera bag after it had spent about 12 hours closed in there
-This time the orange discoloration is along the RIGHT edge of the screen!!!
-This is unexpected and interesting because I intentionally placed my computer the opposite way around in my camera bag…
-So now I’m stumped, I checked for magnets in my bag AGAIN and nothing, there’s nothing in there and nothing has changed from any other day during the last 6 months of use
-Is it GRAVITY? This is X-Files shit…

181007 – After inserting my Macbook Pro into my bag the opposite way the discoloration now appears on the right side of the screen.

180809 – System Optimization
I realized that this issue was not going to go away anytime soon so need to optimize this log book. From today I’m going to simply take photos of TextEdit with the date, time and details of the incident. If anything extraordinary happens I’ll put it in text here…

180927 – Momentum is Gathering
Today I replied to the second comment on my page from a user with the same problem. This article is now second from the bottom on the first page of google when you search “macbook pro screen discolouration”. I’ve gotten so used to living with this issue I stopped documenting it. I still get the whacky colors when my MacBook is closed. They still disappear over time when it’s open again. The best possible explanation I have thus far is that it’s gravity related. Read the comments below to see what others are saying and be sure to log your issue here so we can raise awareness.

As I mentioned in my reply to a comment below. I’m going to wait until my slow season before bringing my MacBook in under Apple Care. This is why I always get 3 years coverage now. Shit like this always happens to me with their products. Still, I love the OS, and some aspects of the hardware… Seems I need to have a backup MacBook if I really wanna be productive.

181209 – You’re not alone
I thought I’d share some stats today. I posted this article August 6th and since then there has been a steady increase in hits on the page. Now part of this certainly is the result of having reached top page rank for searches related to “orange smudges on screen”, the page is simply easier to find, but, there is no doubt instances of these spots are becoming more common. If you look at the comments below, you’ll note many Mac owners are saying the problem JUST started occurring (usually right after their apple care expired).

My plan was to wait until slow seasons to bring in my MacBook. I have three years of Apple Care so I wasn’t too concerned, until now. Sine this problem my MacBook has had a few minor accidents including a drop on the floor (someone tripped over the tether cable) and my iPhone dropping on it which caused a minor dent on the aluminum screen casing. I’m worried Apple may try and argue these accidents caused the screen symptoms and I really have no way to prove that this damage happened after the fact. I can only hope that this page will back me up should I encounter any pushback. I’ll post a photo of my current screen situation soon. It has pretty much stayed the same.

181220 – Learning to Live With Spots
I’ve been living with the yellow/orange/purple LCD spots for four months. Here are my longterm observations:
-The spots generally hang out at the bottom of my screen when my notebook is open on the desk for prolonged periods
-The spots never disappear they just migrate
-The spots don’t appear to be getting any better or worse over time
-The spots to still migrate when my laptop is carried/placed in a different orientation

The best theory I’ve heard so far (from the comments below) is that some of the liquid crystal has been smooshed out of the display and now drifts around freely. This would explain why the spots move and seem to be affected by gravity.

The LCD should not be so susceptible to pressure/popping. We have carried our MacBooks in our back packs and briefcases for years without issue… after all, isn’t mobility the very reason we fork out two to tree times more money on a laptop … so that we can carry it around?

Orange/purple discolouration bottom of MBP screen
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  • Hesam2018/09/24 - 11:13 PM

    hello there 
    i have same issue ,  i have MBP 13″ 2017 ,yellowish color move around with gravity !what should i do !?
    thxReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/09/27 - 3:46 PM

      Hello Haesam,
      Sorry to hear you have the same issue mate. Do you still have Apple care on your machine? Mine is good until 2020 so I’m just waiting for a slow patch in my photography business before bringing it back to Apple. Even if that advice doesn’t help your leaving a comment hear is helping evidence that this is a manufacturing issue and Apple needs to fix it.ReplyCancel

      • Vincent VanRiesen2018/10/15 - 3:34 PM

        Hey Greg, when I brought my 2017 MBP in for the keyboard recall, I just bought an identical machine for the duration of the repair, migrated them with a TB3 cable and returned it for a refund when the repair was done.ReplyCancel

        • Greg Samborski2018/10/15 - 4:29 PM

          Keyboard recall? Wow, I haven’t heard about this yet. So you were able to get a full refund? Has your new MBP showed any signs of orange spots?ReplyCancel

          • Vincent VanRiesen2018/10/15 - 4:42 PM

            ya the keyboard recall was huge. all the macbooks with those super low profile keys over the past few years. I only keep my laptops for 11 months, so I sold my fresh new 2017 MBP (apple replaced most of the computer to complete the repair, even the display because they scraped it lol) and bought the max config 2018 15″ i9, which so far only seems to have some residual migration bugs. (new hardware always freaks out some kexts, and I have a lot of them) Whenever one of my apple devices has to go in for repairs, I always buy an identical/equivalent one to use so I dont lose more than a few hrs of work (I run my own biz). Thunderbolt migrations are fast with a genuine TB3 cable.

      • HESAM2019/01/07 - 5:27 PM

        Wow , 87 comment since September with same problem :/ , unfortunately i am out of warranty ,,, i think 2 things may coz the problem
        1- small amount of pressure , like stuff of bag with laptop
        2-heat and temperature , (i put my closed lid laptop in my backpack with full charge , after 10 hours i found it fully decharged in my backpack , it happend one more time but this time i catch it hot as hell with maximum fan speed and 13 present charge , and never happend again ) after these , i notice yellowish tint on my screen .
        Apple should extend apple warranty for this ReplyCancel

        • Greg Samborski2019/01/07 - 5:56 PM

          Sorry to hear that, I agree they should extend. Hope they issue a recall. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Laura2018/09/27 - 3:29 PM

    This EXACT same thing has been happening to me. I got the screen replaced back in January. Came back over the summer. Just sent my laptop in again today. Waiting to get it back and see what they did this time. I had the exact same thought pattern as you. Backpack tests, flipping the laptop, etc. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/09/27 - 3:49 PM

      I suspect this discoloured “screen gravity” issue is just starting to rear its ugly head in the 2017 MBP line. Just to confirm, the first time you brought your Mac Book Pro in it was for the same issue? How did they respond? Did they provide any answers? Was it covered 100% under Apple care? Thanks for sharing your issue here. We are building a case!ReplyCancel

  • shing2018/10/02 - 12:30 AM

    mbp 15 2016 touchbar. Same problem. I tolerated the rattling in the monitor. This yellow blotch is just absurd. My productivity is going to take a hit and so much hassleReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/10/05 - 11:17 AM

      I feel ya. This is why I’m gonna wait until Jan to deal with it, peak season for me, can’t be without my computer.ReplyCancel

  • Khoi2018/10/03 - 5:38 PM

    Hey how is going my macbook pro 2016 13″ have a same issueReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/10/05 - 11:17 AM

      Not gonna take any action until Jan. Did you bring yours in?ReplyCancel

      • Khoi2018/10/10 - 10:21 PM

        Nah my Apple Care expire last year 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Angert2018/10/05 - 3:50 AM

    Yup, mine just started doing this yesterday!! I have a 15 inch macbook pro 2017 model with touchbarReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/10/05 - 11:18 AM

      Sorry to hear that. Suddenly a big spike in people leaving comments about this issue.ReplyCancel

  • Mark2018/10/05 - 10:51 AM

    I have the same issue! mine is light yellow on the left, right, and some yellow spots in the middle. I have a MBP 2017 touch bar. The exact same thing happened for my friend, except his is darker yellow. I have no clue why is it happening, but I have warranty and I will go to apple store on next Monday.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/10/05 - 11:19 AM

      My spots now seem to be lasting longer and kind of tinting the whole screen. Let us know what Apple says!ReplyCancel

      • Mark2018/10/10 - 12:36 PM

        I think spots are getting worse! But I could not make it on Monday, so I rescheduled it for Friday. Hopefully I will make it.ReplyCancel

  • Ali Zeynalov2018/10/06 - 3:44 AM

    Hi everyone,
     I’m living exactly the same issue on my Macbook Pro 2017 Laptop. When I take it off the bag after carrying it with me for few hours and turn it on, the orange spot on left side of screen appears. When I switch it to the sleep mode and come back after a few minutes it is gone or  became smaller. Did any of you somehow find the real cause of this issue? Unfortunately, my Apple Cover finished just 2 weeks ago. I do not know what to do and how much it will cost me to repair.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/10/10 - 8:52 AM

      That’s too bad that your Apple Care just expired. I don’t think you’re out of luck though, given the ever increasing amount of interest in this post I suspect this is a wide spread issue / flaw and that Apple will have to extend the warranty for this issue. Try bringing it to them and let us know what they say.ReplyCancel

  • Ali Zeynalov2018/10/06 - 3:55 AM

    I’m living the exact issue. Everytime after I carry my laptop( Macbook Pro 2017 15″) in my bag, yellow tint starts to appear on screen. Did you find any cause or solution to this issue? So, I guess plenty of Mac users live this trouble, especially ones with MBP 2017. Unfortuantely, my Apple Warranty just expired 2 weeks ago, due to fact that it was valid for just 1 year.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/10/10 - 8:51 AM

      That’s too bad that your Apple Care just expired. I don’t think you’re out of luck though, given the ever increasing amount of interest in this post I suspect this is a wide spread issue / flaw and that Apple will have to extend the warranty for this issue. Try bringing it to them and see what they say.ReplyCancel

  • Tillson Galloway2018/10/11 - 3:00 AM

    Also on a 2017 MBP with touchbar–– same issue. https://imgur.com/a/8Hr3n59ReplyCancel

  • Carl2018/10/30 - 1:09 AM

    I have the same problem, will try to see what the apple support says. Has anyone so far handed in their computer and received a response?ReplyCancel

  • Mark2018/10/30 - 9:03 AM

    UPDATE on apple repairI had the same issue and I commented down below. I dropped my lap top at apple genius bar to fix it, and today I got my lap top back. I have a MacBook Pro 2017 touch-bar. So, it took them THREE ***** weeks to fix the issue! :|:|:| Why? Because THEY said that there is a shortage on the part! What part? They’ve never said! So I have the report that saying what did they replaced. It has two items:Description: * 1. Display Assembly Space Gray      Symptom: Bad Spots (Mura)
    * 2. Top Case with Battery ANSI Space Gray    Symptom: Internal Speaker – Distorted Audio/Sound

    I have a warranty and it did not cost me anything. My warranty will be ended in 20 days I think. Hopefully nothing else wont happen AGAIN! I am SO pissed off Apple! 😐 This is the second time that I’m going to the apple genius bar to fix a ***** MANUFACTURE PROBLEM!ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/10/30 - 9:41 AM

      Three weeks is long time! Typical Apple not to acknowledge the fault publicly. Glad to hear they is was still covered under warranty. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Michael2018/11/03 - 12:46 AM

    I have a 13″ MacBook Pro (no touchbar) and have experienced exactly the same situation. For a time, I was convinced it was pressure of some kind on the laptop and purchased a more protective case. But I just put it away in a bag with nothing but the sleeve and didn’t even move the bag, and still the yellow spot has returned. It’s as if simply being closed in the perpendicular position for a few minutes is enough to cause this very distracting defect. I’ll try the Apple Store as soon as I can get an appointment. ReplyCancel

  • Emily2018/11/06 - 8:48 PM

    Hi there, I have a MacBook Pro 15″ w/ Touch Bar (late 2016) and have been experiencing the same issue. I took my laptop out of my book bag (where I have stored it for almost two years with no issue) and the right side of the screen had a yellow tint to it. It slowly faded, and after leaving it sit on my desk overnight it was gone. I put it in my backpack to take to class and when I got there, the left side had the tint, albeit very light. It has since disappeared but I am worried as to why this keeps happening. For a laptop that I paid $2700 for, I feel that this shouldn’t be happening, especially with the care that I handle it with. Has anyone had any luck with figuring out what is going on and how it is fixed?
    Side note: I do not have AppleCare on my laptop. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/11/06 - 9:25 PM

      Certainly should not be happening. Lots of accounts here so I’ll be interested to hear what they say about a screen that doesn’t have apple care. Really hope it works out for you. Keep us posted.ReplyCancel

  • Phil2018/11/12 - 9:51 PM

    Just noticed it to along the bottom of the screen for the first time. I had it before when I left it on the side one time. 15″ MacBook Pro  2017ReplyCancel

  • Kaylin2018/11/14 - 9:44 AM

    Hi there, I’ve been having the same issue! Light orange/yellow area most in the bottom left of my screen. I thought it was a problem with the protective screen cover I placed on my Mac’s screen but after looking it up, it’s obvious that it isn’t, and is some kind of hardware issue. I have the 2017 MacBook Pro, 15″, with Touchbar. I am going to wait until my next break in university to see if Apple can fix my screen. Love its aesthetic, sleekness, and network and convenience factor as so many people use their products, but the company isn’t satisfactory for me anymore; it hasn’t been for a while now.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/11/23 - 6:48 PM

      I feel you. I’m still pissed they took the SD card slots out of all their machines, as a photographer I used it ALL THE TIME. The thing holding me back from making the switch to another brand is the OS, I still think OSX is the best one out there for my needs.ReplyCancel

  • Florian2018/11/15 - 12:24 AM

    one more voice experiencing basically the same issue  – though i never had it bad enough for it to go into the purple range…
    has anything better than bring it to apple support come up yet? and is anything know about whether or not they will cover this outside of apple care?ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/11/23 - 6:50 PM

      Sorry to hear you’re facing this too. Based on the feedback here seems like Apple is not sharing any info about the problem but has fixed the issue with a screen replacement for the few that brought it in and updated us here. Not sure if anyone was outside their Apple Care.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley2018/11/15 - 8:54 AM

    I have had the exact same problem for a few months, I don’t have Apple Care I hope Apple will do something about this.ReplyCancel

  • Michael2018/11/18 - 2:21 AM

    Yeah the same thing is happening to me. Why though?ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/11/23 - 6:52 PM

      It’s all speculation right now, defective LCDs, would really like to know the science behind it though…ReplyCancel

  • Zach2018/11/20 - 9:32 AM

    I am dealing with the same issue currently.  I was using my laptop at university and when I got home I opened it and the left side had an orange smudge on it.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/11/23 - 6:53 PM

      Yep, this is likely just the start. Mine had gotten worse and more persistent.ReplyCancel

  • Peter2018/11/26 - 5:26 PM

    Hello. I had the same issue with a 15″ MacBook Pro 2018 model. Slid it out of my bag and suddenly noticed the discolouration. There was also faint discolouration all around the screen. 

    I handed it in to an apple reseller, and they could replace the screen without charge since it was still under warranty. 
    However, they did say that they have seen issues like this before and it often arises because of pressure. They then suggested to find another way to store the computer… I, like you, find this a bit hard to believe. I take very good care of the computer and can’t see that I have exerted any extreme pressures on it in my bag. Certainly nothing more than you would expect a portable laptop to handle. I used the same bag with my 2010 MacBook pro which has worked without a hitch for 8 years.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/11/26 - 5:52 PM

      Hi Peter, thanks for the update. I don’t buy the pressure excuse, if that really is the case then the laptop is so hyper-sensitive it goes orange under atmospheric pressure! Like you, my 2012 MPB never had this issue, at times I had 15+ KG of camera gear resting on it in my camera bag. This rational also doesn’t explain how the orange smudge can shift to different areas of the screen depending on storage position. Happy to hear you got a new screen. We have yet to hear back from someone out of warranty about how this was handled…ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Angert2018/11/27 - 12:01 AM

    Hey there, so the issue happened with me as well. I think the problem is that when pressure is applied to the MacBook the LCD liquid is pushed out of the pixels and thus moves around with gravity. I’ve seen another windows computer, not just the MacBook have the same problem, I’ve since got a new MacBook, and also a pelican case.ReplyCancel

  • Jen2018/12/05 - 12:57 AM

    Just had the same issue, 2017 MBP 15in with touch. Second manufacture issue and I’ve barely owned this laptop for a year and a half. So freakin annoying.ReplyCancel

  • Kaveh2018/12/06 - 1:36 AM

    I am having the exact problem, mac pro 2017 w touchbar. I started to notice this only after 3 weeks that my warranty expired! ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/12/06 - 7:10 AM

      That’s some really unlucky timing. Try taking it in anyway and let us know what they say.ReplyCancel

  • Marina2018/12/09 - 1:37 AM

    Same issue here, and also really not happy how things are going with the newer apple products… Many of my colleagues at uni have the same orange discoloration on their mac book pro touchbar displays. I do use many programs that require high graphic performance for renderings (blender, vectorworks, photoshop etc.), so do my colleagues,  and I had a feeling that maybe it has something to do with this. But I have no clue really. Trying to get it fixed during my semester break, because apparently it takes around 3 weeks. I will update here. ReplyCancel

  • Ellinor2018/12/11 - 5:16 AM

    Hi! For the record/building a case: I have exactly the same problem on my 15″ macbook pro 2017. The yellow area goes in and out and is often there when its been in my backpack (which it is every day since I take the computer to work). SO FRUSTRATING when you edit movies/work with colors! This is my job! I paid sooo much for this computer, took the best of the best, and this is what happens? I hope Apple admits and fix this, soon.ReplyCancel

  • Karl2018/12/12 - 3:27 PM

    Thanks for your post. For the record/building a case: same problem on my MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) touch-bar. The yellow area goes in and out and change location from day to day.ReplyCancel

  • HW2018/12/15 - 4:14 AM

    your first picture looks like it could be a picture of my screen right now– same place, size, color, everything. unsure what to do but very annoyed as I am sure I did nothing to cause thisReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/12/15 - 7:29 AM

      Sorry to hear it got you too. Bring it into Apple and let us know what they say.ReplyCancel

  • Fab2018/12/19 - 11:04 AM

    Hello. Same issue here on a MBP 2016 15″ . Just come back from reparation of the big keyboard recall. Not warranty.ReplyCancel

  • JP2018/12/19 - 12:10 PM

    I have recently noticed this too on my MBP 2017. I think the issue is that the lcd cant handle the pressure inside the bag on how it is positioned. I’m gonna take it to Apple Care too but because of this, I’m going to experiment on varying the position of the laptop inside the bagReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/12/20 - 5:26 PM

      The best explanation I’ve heard so far is that some of the liquid crystal gets squished out and then roams freely around the display… this would explain why the spots occur on whichever side of the screen is resting on. I carried ALL my macs for 10+ years in book bags under heavy loads and not once did anything like this happen. This is not acceptable of a $2,000+ premium laptop.ReplyCancel

  • Paul2018/12/23 - 7:37 AM

    Just another comment to add to this dumpster fire.  MBP 15″ 2016 Touch Bar, no AppleCare, started happening 2 yrs after purchase.  Just waiting on Apple to address this with a recall.ReplyCancel

  • CW2018/12/24 - 2:35 AM

    I got exactly the same issue with my MBP 15″ 2016 Touch Bar, after 1 year 7 months purchase, also got this “service battery” notification, all happening too soon for a 3000 dollars laptop……ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/12/24 - 8:56 AM

      Yep, not cool. You could pretty much buy two of any other computer for the same price.ReplyCancel

  • Hans2018/12/24 - 6:35 AM

    Hello,
    I bought my MPB on Oct. 11 2018 and just a few days ago discovered three permanent small purple spots in my screen. Unlike yours, my spots don’t move or go away, they just stay there. They are not big, but for the price that I paid, this shouldn’t be happening on a brand new laptop. I don’t have Apple Care as the 60 day window to purchase it expired 10 days ago :|. If anyone who’s under warranty has had the screen replaced free of charge, please update us. My Amex CR (and a lot of credit cards these days) offers an additional 1 year warranty on this purchase, so, I basically have a 2 year warranty. I will definitely show this website to Apple when I take mine for repair.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/12/24 - 8:55 AM

      That’s awesome that your Amex gets you some extra coverage. Good luck and let us know what they say!ReplyCancel

  • Alex2018/12/24 - 1:44 PM

    Hey Greg,
    thanks for writing this and keeping it updated. Same issue here – spots appeared 2months ago on my 15″ MBP 2016 and are now becoming a daily issue. I’m getting increasingly frustrated since I forked over 5k for this machine, but unfortunately I am not in a place right now where I can just walk into the Apple Store and get this somehow sorted out. I’m just telling myself it’s a feature until I find the time to deal with this -.-ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/12/29 - 8:00 PM

      Ha yes imagine it’s a little Christmas fire scene to keep you warm 🙂 Keep us posted!ReplyCancel

  • Ignacio2018/12/29 - 8:19 AM

    Hi there, happy new year to all!Mabook Pro 15” 2016, exactly same problem when I opened the macbook after a 8 hours trip by car. No high pressure, but same heat perhaps? Air conditioned all way. Just comment it here for our records. Small orange stain in the lower-left corner. I think is a mix on heat + pressure may be? Best regards! Happy new year!ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2018/12/29 - 8:01 PM

      Merry Christmas and happy New Year. I haven’t found temperature to have any affect on my screen yet. Are you going to bring yours in?ReplyCancel

    • Peter2018/12/29 - 8:25 PM

      Hello. I have commented before. But thought I would mention my heat experience. I also thought heat wouldn’t affect. However, now that you bring it up, very close to when I started to notice discoloration, I had my computer shut and charging in my backpack. When I pulled it out it was very warm and it seemed to me that the computer was not sleeping. It was especially war near the top left of the base. So maybe there is something to it. ReplyCancel

  • Steve2018/12/30 - 1:00 AM

    Same Issue. Really frustrating, living overseas at the moment and there are limited apple stores. Has apple released anything about this issue?ReplyCancel

  • Kevin WANG2019/01/01 - 7:50 PM

    Same screen issue and right speak is also break, with no warranty.ReplyCancel

    • Kevin WANG2019/01/02 - 8:06 PM

      Inspired by you, the orange spot is on the bottom begin, I put the macbook upright for about 2 hours, then the spot on the bottom is disappeared and appear in left. So the spot may be some liquid.ReplyCancel

  • Romano2019/01/02 - 12:32 AM

    You can’t put any pressure on these screens.  You must keep laptop in hard sided case with foam and no other items inside.  When you take a thin laptop and put it in a backpack or bag with other items you are going to have screen issues.  You need to take proper care of you laptops.  This is not a design issue, it is user error.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/01/02 - 11:49 AM

      Okay I’ll take the bate… 1. Why have I and many of the other commenters on this post never had an issue until this current model with pressure on screens? If anything the MacBooks should be getting stronger not weaker. What is the point of Apple investing billions into shaving 1-2mm off of device thickness if you just have to put it in a protective sleeve. iPhones have gotten progressively thinner too, but they’re also boasting some of the strongest glass to date. No one would accept it if the latest iPhones were breaking more easily, in fact when it happened it was called “bendgate” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkNlfMC1lzE. 2. If MacBooks were meant to be kept in hard sided cases than why on earth are the majority of cases available all soft sided?ReplyCancel

    • Kelly2019/01/03 - 10:53 PM

      I take the bait as well. My screen does the same thing without anything touching the laptop. Just the laptop, propped vertically against something soft. I usually put my Mac left side at the bottom, and my left side is the one that presents the discolouration. There is no pressure on the discoloured areas. I assume Apple knows that a lot of people carry their laptops vertically; they should be able to account for this.ReplyCancel

      • Greg Samborski2019/01/03 - 11:02 PM

        Kelly was there EVER pressure on your screen? The theory that fits best right now is that when pressure is applied to the screen some of the liquid crystal is forced out and then drifts around freely. So now there wouldn’t have to be any pressure to see the spots, there just had to happen once. And all but one of us right now seem to agree that that pressure thresh hold is far too low for a product that is designed to be carried. 🙂ReplyCancel

        • Kelly2019/01/03 - 11:12 PM

          I am a college student and definitely have stored my backpack with other notebooks and textbooks in my backpack, so I assume at one point during its life, there was pressure on the laptop. I don’t find any other way of carrying it convenient or sensible for my day-to-day activities, and I know many a student who owns a Mac and always stores it in their backpack. We’re going to almost definitely put pressure on it at some time or another. And I definitely agree with your latter statement.ReplyCancel

  • jimmy2019/01/02 - 5:14 PM

    just adding my comment with no solutions 
    same thing here on a MBP 13″ 2018 (no touchbar), it never touched the ground, always took good care of it, no heat and  i’ve got a case.ReplyCancel

  • H.F2019/01/07 - 2:43 AM

    2016 MBP Touch Bar 15 inch here, MacBook always carried in a sleeve in my book bag for uni. Huge orange marks moving around my screen like everyone else since last April. Out of warranty (great). Pretty sure it was pressure inflicted.
    Taken to a few apple stores and talking to various people, they all wanted over 500 pounds (here in UK) for a screen replacement and no one had ever seen this happen to a screen. I did purchase my MacBook in the US so I wonder if it country specific? 
    Anyway, claimed insurance on my credit card to cover it – handed MacBook in and got a call saying there was an issue and the new display had smashed somehow. Went to pick it up and told they put my old display back on, and also for some reason they also replaced the bottom case and said they found a dent, but wouldn’t charge me for it. (Pretty sure they dropped my MacBook, smashed the new screen and dented the case!).
    ANYHOW, after taking it home and told I can bring it back in when a new replacement screen arrives, I inspect the screen and it is clearly a new replacement – perfect condition, no orange, none of the scratches my old screen had. So I have no idea what happened to my computer. Maybe they damaged something inside and were trying to hide it from me? Worried about the integrity of my computer now… But they never did charge me a penny so far and I never brought the computer back in, so Im probably just gonna keep it as it seems to be running perfectly now. 
    Just my story about orange-screen-gate, something odd going on at apple…ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/01/07 - 10:34 AM

      H.F thanks for the detailed story. That’s a lot of money there asking for a screen and the details you described do sound fishy. At least you haven’t had to pay anything yet. Do update us if anything changes!ReplyCancel

  • George2019/01/07 - 9:06 AM

    MacBook Pro 15 2016 Today I have noticed same yellow spot on my screen. Previously I noticed bluish spots. Example: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8486087 Now this. 🙁 I owned 2009 MacBook Pro for 8 years – no issues at all,  2012 MacBook Air for 5 years –  antiglare coating problems, 2016 MacBook Pro – keyboard and screen problems. From my point of view keyboard  and screen are the most important parts of notebook. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/01/07 - 10:32 AM

      I’m still not used to or liking the butterfly mechanism. I hit wrong keys all the time and the most frustrating thing about the touch bar is accidental siri and escape inputs. Home you get your issue sorted.ReplyCancel

    • Kevin WANG2019/01/09 - 11:53 AM

      Me too. They did not agree to change the screen for the blue spots in the warranty.  But when the yellow spot is appear, the macbook pro is out of warranty for one week.ReplyCancel

  • SR2019/01/07 - 11:14 PM

    I have the same issue…. for the second time! 
    Got my laptop (MacBook Pro Touch Bar 15 inch) for Xmas 2016 when they first came out, and first spots appeared just before Xmas 2017 whilst 1 year warranty was still active so I immediately got it fixed before warranty expired, thinking this was a freak issue.
    And now… a year later same issues are appearing. At first spots are faded then get progressively darker. Driving me insane. I’ve just found a receipt for last time they fixed it- 550 pounds (0 due to warranty) for a screen replacement plus labour. So I’m wondering whether it’s actually the screen that is the issue or some other part. If I paid 550 pounds for a new screen AGAIN, I am starting to doubt the problem would actually be completely resolved and that’s a lot of money to just “throw away”. Very angry.
    Going to go into apple store soon and see what they say- will keep you guys updated. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/01/08 - 11:15 AM

      Twice! That’s brutal. I hope they fix it RIGHT free of charge.ReplyCancel

    • crups2019/01/08 - 7:03 PM

      show them this website, that might help a lot ! i’m sure this is a manufacture problem !ReplyCancel

    • M.H2019/01/10 - 4:46 AM

      I’m in the U.K, exact same macbook year and model, had screen replaced the first time for free under warranty, second time they wanted the £550 no matter what- no exception! Went multiple Apple stores too. ReplyCancel

      • Greg Samborski2019/01/10 - 10:48 PM

        This is discouraging to hear the problem is happening even after replacement 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Winter2019/01/08 - 9:37 PM

    Hi everyone, 
    Just wanted to report that this is still an ongoing issue for the new year! Great to kick off 2019 with a Mac that looks like it’s been manhandled by a bloke with a bad spray tan @__@
    Taking it in for inspection this weekend so happy to report back on the results once it’s through. ReplyCancel

  • Harsh2019/01/10 - 2:26 AM

    Same here for me ReplyCancel

  • Zach2019/01/10 - 2:47 AM

    I have a bit of an update. I sent my laptop in for service at Staples (which is an Apple Authorized Reseller here in Canada; there’s no Apple Stores close to me where I live) on December 12, 2018. They didn’t receive it until the 29th (not sure what the hell took so long, it should have only taken a few days to get there). I didn’t receive any news or updates until this morning. I sent it to them for two issues 1) I was hearing some loud noise coming from my fan (sounded like it got out of place or something) and 2) The orange discolouration that is the topic of this post. They fixed the fan, ran a diagnosis and sent it back to me this morning. It should be here by the end of the week. I’ll ask what the hell is going on when I get it back because I sent it to them for this discolouration issue as well and they didn’t do anything about it. Possibly they had no idea what was going on?ReplyCancel

    • fred2019/01/11 - 12:53 AM

      keep us updated ReplyCancel

      • Zach2019/01/11 - 10:35 PM

        I got my laptop back yesterday. They waived the diagnosis fee and the charge to clean my fan, but did absolutely nothing about my screen. I asked about it, but the tech guy wasn’t in. I’m figuring they probably just didn’t notice the issue, so they did nothing about it. I was without my laptop for almost a month and nothing was done to fix the screen. How annoying.ReplyCancel

        • Greg Samborski2019/01/12 - 12:18 AM

          I can’t even figure out how I’m going to go a day without mine. Had you mentioned the screen issue and asked to have the screen looked at?ReplyCancel

          • Zach2019/01/12 - 2:25 AM

            I did. I specified two issues. The first one was the topic of this post and the other was something that just started happening the day before I sent it in. My fan was making a weird sound. It was like you could hear it all the time when my laptop was on. Apparently all that was needed as the fan to be cleaned. I luckily still have my old laptop, so I was using that over the past month… but it’s a 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2012 and it was slow as hell. I was hoping to get the fan and the display issue fixed during the Christmas break, but obviously that didn’t happen.  Now that I’m back at university, like you said, I can’t go a day without now, so I’m just gonna deal with the orange screen issue until the semester is over.  Definitely frustrating.  I was without my laptop for almost an entire month and all they did was clean my fans, when I specifically said that there was a display and a fan issue.  This isn’t Apple’s fault because there’s no Apple Stores around me, so I was relying on Staples, which is the Authorized Reseller that I was told to bring it to from Apple Support online.

  • Georgia2019/01/11 - 11:13 AM

    Just started to experience this, it’s exactly the same as what you have described!ReplyCancel

  • Paul2019/01/11 - 7:07 PM

    hi guys, thanks for creating this post !
    my MBP 2016 just started to have this issue when i took it out of his case in my bag, and i really don’t know what to do.
    my warranty just expired (haha, surprise !) and i really feel like my computer never experienced any pressure that could have cause any damage; i mean i have a protective case but i do transport my MBP in my bag (which is normal, because it’s a laptop, if it was just for home i would buy an iMac !!) ; i don’t think we can talk about “pressure” for this kind of usage
    i don’t know what to do because 600€ seems a lot for a problem that i have nothing to do with
    (writing from France, sorry for my english)ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/01/11 - 7:10 PM

      Hi Paul. I wish I had some advice for you. At this point I think it’s a matter of hoping Apple will do the right thing and either issue and extended warranty service or a recall. If that doesn’t happen then perhaps a class action law suit? The majority of people here have mentioned this happens shortly after their warranty has expired. This seems quite suspicious…ReplyCancel

  • Mar2019/01/11 - 9:36 PM

    Same issue here, Macbook 15 inch. If I had bought it in the EU it would have been covered to fight against EU laws, but as it was bought on an American Airforce base in Germany: I’m not covered. Laptop is a year and half old, and this orange discolouration is getting worse. Sent in for repair, being told it would cost 870 euro. Worried it will happen again, and not sure how to get Apple to recognize this is a major issue. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/01/11 - 9:41 PM

      Hi Mar, sorry you got it too. Did they ever tell you the cause of the problem?ReplyCancel

  • Campbell2019/01/15 - 10:38 AM

    same issue here ReplyCancel

  • mike2019/01/16 - 7:00 PM

    same issue, MBP 2016
    yesterday everything was fine. 
    i left my MBP in my bag tonight (usualy i put in on my desk), i let you guess what happened when i opened it this morning
    no more warrantyReplyCancel

  • creg2019/01/16 - 10:28 PM

    exact same thingReplyCancel

  • Ali K2019/01/17 - 2:56 PM

    I am glad to see that I am not alone in this, I had my 2017 15′ MBP screen replaced shortly before its warranty expired due to the orange discolouration shown in the images above. What’s interesting is that the bluish discolouration shown in  https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8486087 preceded this, I suspect that despite taking very good care of the laptop, the pressure of having it in bag on a few occasions causes the LCD liquid to be pushed out, eventually developing into the orange spot that travels around the display. I found this thread because the bluish discolouration has started again… and I suspect that this would develop into the dreaded orange spot. This time I am out of warranty, out of luck and out of patience for this delicate and overpriced laptop, I hope that a class action lawsuit can eventually come about with the rising prevalence of this issue since thats the only way apple would do something about it.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/01/18 - 1:51 PM

      Hi Ali, I see you commented twice (maybe you thought it didn’t go through) so I approved this more detailed account. There are A LOT of people sharing their stories here. If anyone knows a good way to start holding Apple accountable for this let me know how to get the ball rolling.ReplyCancel

      • Ali K2019/01/19 - 11:41 PM

        Do you have contact with any of the tech youtube channels, that could really propel things, many of them use this laptop and surely some must have run into this issue.ReplyCancel

  • Craig2019/01/17 - 7:25 PM

    Same issue. MBP 13″ 2017 actually bought with my employee discount, unfortunately left the company now 🙁 ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/01/18 - 1:49 PM

      That’s a shame. Did you see anything like this come in when you were there?ReplyCancel

  • Aaron2019/01/18 - 3:30 PM

    I was one of the first to post here I think it was pressure in my book bag that made the orange spots appear, I’ve since sold my 2017 Mac book pro for a 2018 version, now I carry it in my backpack with a hard shell pelican laptop case. Seems this is necessary to stop the problem from occurring. 1085 case with a foam pad fits the 15 inch well.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/01/18 - 5:23 PM

      Aaron thanks for the update. I’m happy you can work spot free now. Personally I feel buying a new computer is the last resort (and if this does happen it wont be an Apple). This problem doesn’t seem to have existed pre 2016 MacBooks. MacBooks have always been thinner and stronger than the competition. One of the reasons I have been a MacBook user the last 15 years is because these computers can take the beatings I subject all my gear to. My last MacBook Pro flew out of my backpack and skipped across the concrete sidewalk. Even with a few major dents and bends it still functioned flawlessly. It’s faulty craftsmanship that kills these computers at a young age, like GPUs desoldering themselves due to crappy solder and heating design flaws.

      Slipping a 8mm laptop into a 30mm case just doesn’t make sense to me. I’d rather have a thicker, heavier notebook than be forced into buying yet another accessory. Please don’t take this as an attack, just my thoughts on the issue. Again, I’m happy you found a solution that works for you.ReplyCancel

      • PAUL2019/01/18 - 6:17 PM

        i totally agree with greg ! don’t forget that the case we use for our laptops are just in case they fell down (like yours did greg) but laptops aren’t suppose to be protected in our backpacks ! i don’t see why chromebooks owners  (400$) don’t have this issue and don’t have to worry about putting any “pressure” on their screens while MBP owners(1600$) are now buying a hard shell.ReplyCancel

      • Aaron Angert2019/01/18 - 10:15 PM

        No I completely agree with you. It’s a problem with the Mac book computers for sure. Just the value of a MacBook + pelican case is worth more to me than having to buy a different computer. Furthermore, there are a tiny amount of hardcases on the market, so it is definitely not expected of consumers to all buy something like this, unlike buying a screen protector on phones, therefore apple lays to blame. There is no warning that putting this MacBook in your backpack can and will cause permanent damage. Everyone here including me was blindsided by this issue, not our fault for changing the contract of how computers are supposed to be handled by consumers without telling them.ReplyCancel

        • Greg Samborski2019/01/19 - 9:58 AM

          I get that. Honestly as much as I’d like to switch for hardware, customer service and value reasons it’s hard for me to imagine using any other OS, I’ve tried, I don’t like them. So if things don’t change I see myself having to get a hard case too one day 🙁ReplyCancel