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.

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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.

  • 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