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

June 12, 2019 – Lawyering Up!!! – READ THIS!!!
The Short Story:
This is so important I moved it to the top. I met with a lawyer today that is serious about taking this issue up with Apple!!! The best way YOU CAN HELP build this case right now is to leave a comment below ensuring you use your proper email address, we need to be able to follow up with you. (Right now we are focused on MacBook Pro users who are experiencing the screen splotch symptoms elaborated on below.)


a. If you’re having problems leaving a comment below, please follow the link below to a Google survey that will collect the required info.

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b. Please note I manually approve comments so it may take up to a week before your comment shows up below.

c. Due to the volume of comments coming in these days and a lot going on in my life right now I’m no longer to reply personally to the vast majority of them. Sorry about that.

The Long Story: I like telling long stories so here’s one. A couple weeks ago I was hired to do corporate headshots / portraits for a local law firm in Seoul. The boss and I had a really causal pre-shoot meeting to discuss his needs and over a burrito and beer (just me because I’m freelance and that’s how I do at lunch). Our discussion meandered over to law. I said, “Mr. Law (not his real name, but wouldn’t that be great) can I ask you a question?” and proceeded to tell him the very short version of the events below:

“I paid a ton of money for my Macbook Pro, these orange spots appeared out of nowhere on my LCD screen, they meander around, gravity and heat seems to affect them, I decided to document the problem on my blog and now,  10 months later, over 300 people have left comments saying they’re having the same issue. I’m getting more comments with each passing day.”

Mr. Law picked up his phone and made a call to his contact. His contact was interested. My iMessage pinged with his contact’s contact info. I contacted him by text a week later, there was a lot of contacting:

“Hello Mr. Justice. My name is Greg. Mr. Law suggested I get in touch with you regarding a prospective class/group action vs Apple. About a year ago I took the time to blog about my issue with the 2016 MacBook Pro and since then I have had about 300 people report the same symptoms and problem. I have all their emails. Here’s the post if you care to look at it. The comment section is quite interesting!”

Maybe a week later, when I had forgotten all about it, Mr. Justice sent me this text:

Hi, Mr. Samborski.  Can we meet on Wednesday afternoon at my office?

For some reason I felt like I was in a movie. So we met! It was a really interesting conversation. Of course it would be foolish to reveal our strategy here. Details will be forthcoming so stay tuned! In the meantime we could really use your help:

1. PLEASE leave a comment here if you are experiencing this problem with your MacBook Pro and be sure to include the following:

a. Is your MacBook still under warranty / extended warranty / Apple Care?
b. Has Apple ever fixed this problem for you under warranty?
c. Have you ever been quoted a price to replace the screen, if so how much?
d. Have you already paid for a screen replacement, if so how much?
e. Have you had your screen replaced more than once due to the same problem? If so how many times?

We will soon be following up with individuals using the email address they left when commenting. The plan is to mail out a Google-forms survey to collect all relevant information, begin the litigation process and keep you updated. I will announce here when that email has gone out and link to the form as well.

Please note that there is no “payout” for consumers in this case. If you’re hoping to get a huge settlement and go on vacation that’s not going to happen. The best case scenario is that Apple creates an extended warranty program to replace screens of affected MacBook Pros for a free for the next few years and reimburses anyone who has paid to have their screen replaced when they shouldn’t have. The worst case scenario is that Apple does nothing, which is pretty much where we stand right now.

That’s all I have right now. Feels good to see something happening. Feels good to be fighting for justice!!! ✊✊✊

If you came to read all about the signs and symptoms from the start read on!

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


-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


-Heat and/or magnetic field


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 !?

    • 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

    • Sokanha2019/04/04 - 12:26 AM

      Hello, I am living the same problem and all i wanted to know is will it getting worse or lead to blackout screen? If we don’t replace the new screen. ReplyCancel

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

    Also on a 2017 MBP with touchbar–– same issue.

  • 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

    • Gerald2019/03/26 - 1:01 AM

      Today after getting the laptop out of my backpack I saw these yellowish smudges on the left screen and I believe that the pressure could be a factor as I was carrying two backpacks (one for laptop and one for fitness and of course the bag for fitness was on top of the laptop). However, that does not seem enough but I was loitering at the subway which could have caused more pressure which could make these smudges appear.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

    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” 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: 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 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

        • Greg Samborski2019/01/21 - 8:08 PM

          I don’t but I’m sure with an ever growing log of these issues some might take interest. That said, pretty much anyone searching the issue will end up here too so maybe it’s just a matter of time. I would like to be more proactive, just so much on the go right now…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

  • MBPInJapan2019/01/21 - 2:17 PM

    Facing the same problem (but much more mild than yours), I took my MBP bought in late October 2018 to the Apple store on this past Friday the 18th of January 2019. The staff saw what I was talking about right away. This is their description of the problem (translated from Japanese):
    Problem: An outbreak of colored spots on the display. Upper left, bottom, top and bottom right show signs of discoloration.Reproduction steps: Viewing/using the device.Condition of the outside of the device: Nothing especially stands out.Proposed solution: Sending to the repair shop. Upon completion of repairs, send to address specified by customer. In the event that interior damage is found, customer will be informed by email.Then below the description of the problem/repair etc. it shows a line item for the repair itself, which I am told is a full screen replacement:S6208LL/A
    FLAT RATE 2 REPAIR, MBP15″-TBThe “unit cost” of this repair is 88,000JPY (~800USD, ~700EUR).
    This was covered by Apple Care+ for Mac, so I didn’t pay anything. It’s worth noting that this doesn’t seem to be an “accidental damage” incident, or I would have had to pay 11,800JPY (~107USD), or 99USD in the US.
    Here’s a pretty bad picture of my screen. The discoloration isn’t very visible in this picture.

    • Greg Samborski2019/01/21 - 8:11 PM

      Thanks so much for the detailed account. That’s interesting and encouraging that it wasn’t logged as accidental damage under the Apple Care at least. We have heard of the same issue reoccurring after the screen replacement so do let us know if that happens (fingers crossed it doesn’t). Did you have to wait from late October to the 18th of Jan to get your computer back?ReplyCancel

      • MPBInJapan2019/01/21 - 9:45 PM

        My wording was a little unclear there, I meant that I bought my MBP in late October, noticed the screen issue recently, and then took it to the Apple store on the evening of January 18th 2019. Sometime before I came home today (the 21st of January 2019) my fixed MBP arrived, and it’s in perfect shape again (currently typing this comment on my fixed MBP). Thanks for the warning, I’m thinking I’ll need to buy a hard case but the options are pretty slim on Amazon Japan, as well as the local electronic stores where I live.ReplyCancel

        • Greg Samborski2019/01/25 - 12:16 PM

          Oh I see, not too long at the shop then. Someone here in the comments section linked to a pelican case. Maybe I should create some affiliate links ;PReplyCancel

  • roublos2019/01/24 - 8:29 PM

    facing the same problem right now. my warranty just expired too !
    i can’t find an active reddit topic or apple discussion about it, if someone has a link, maybe it could be great if we all post comments there in order to let apple now we exist !ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/01/25 - 12:15 PM

      I’ve seen a thread from about a year ago in the Apple community and a couple on reddit but nothing as extensive as the comments section here. Sorry you’re having the same issue.ReplyCancel

  • Jacob Ford2019/01/26 - 11:27 AM

    Same issue and mysterious flip floppery on a 15-inch 2017 model I always carry around in a Baron Fig backpack, always on the downward-facing edge, always heaviest toward the bottom of the screen. I assumed it was a pixel or signal issue until, like you, one day I put it in the other way around and it came out with a splotch on the other end. Only reason I haven’t brought it into Genius Bar yet is it tends to completely clear up after about 18 hours sitting on a countertop outside my bag and I’m just sure the day I bring it in is the day the issue won’t present.
    But I think I have it down to a science now and could make sure the issues is ready to demonstrate on the day I need to and see if a display replacement does anything. I also have full AppleCare, though my machine’s barely even a year post-purchase.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/01/27 - 12:41 PM

      My spots initially faded like yours after a shot while on the desk. Over time they stayed longer and longer. Now they are permanently there, they just migrate. I’d say the best way to demonstrate the problem on the day at the Genius Bar would be to store your computer on its side, or better yet on a corner (imagine it’s syrup and you want it all to collect in top left corner of the screen) for 12 hours or more. Snap a photo and then bring the machine to the bar being carful to keep it in the same position during transport. Place it flat and open it when they sit down with you. Do dry run of this before making an appointment just to be sure it works! Hope that helps.ReplyCancel

  • Vikram2019/01/28 - 6:46 AM

    I have the exact same issue. Been an issue for many months now but I have not had the time to take my laptop into the Apple Store and wait for days for it to be fixed. Also don’t feel like paying upwards of $500 dollars for a fix. Just adding another voice to the thread and hoping Apple issues a fix soon.ReplyCancel

  • Hilde2019/01/31 - 3:50 AM

    I have the exact same issue with my mbp 15″ 2016. Out of warranty unfortunately 🙁 And I feel like it keeps getting worse (i.e. the spots remain longer and longer each time…).ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/04 - 10:44 PM

      Sorry to say my spots are no longer fading, you’re probably in for the same fate 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa2019/02/05 - 7:42 AM

    Hi, I’ve been following this post since September now and I’ve now decided to join in. It’s also going on with my now out of warranty macbook pro 15 in w/ touchbar 2016 since late summer. Has anyone taken theirs in and had an estimate of how much it’s going to cost to repair? The spots are taking longer to disappear now and it’s been bothering me a lot more now that I’m starting to think maybe I should finally do something about it. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/06 - 1:29 PM

      When working from my home office, which is most of my work these days, I’m hooked into two external monitors so I think that’s why I’ve been so tolerant. Most of the people in the comments have said it’s around $800 USD for the repair.ReplyCancel

  • Paul2019/02/05 - 9:49 PM

    can’t this problem be related with the joint around the screen that is supposed to protect it from the keyboard when closed ?

    because since i bought my MBP i noticed that some of the letter of my keyboard are “printed” on my screen when i open it, meaning that there’s a contact between my screen and my keyboard ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/06 - 1:27 PM

      It could be but I don’t think so. Do you have the butterfly keyboard? That one sits pretty low. My previous 2013 MBP keys were so frequently pressed into the screen I could see the outline and they actually rubbed bits of the screen smooth. It wasn’t nice either but no LCD leakage like this. I’ve since started using screen covers so that my screens don’t get ruined from the keyboard.ReplyCancel

  • arthur2019/02/07 - 1:41 AM

    Hello ! I have the same problem of orange moving spots with my 2017 15″ … and the warranty has expired few mouths ago. I am looking for a solution because i am afraid that the spots became permanent ! I just hope that the problem will be take by apple like an program or something like that … maybe thanks to websites like this one in order to centralise all the casesReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/07 - 9:12 AM

      You’re welcome. I’m afraid the spots will not get any better from my experience and the comments. Thus far the only solution is Apple Care or a $800 screen replacement 🙁ReplyCancel

      • Arthur2019/02/24 - 2:54 AM

        Hey ! My problem had been resolved by apple thanks to the Eropean guaranty of 2 years (i’m French). The display has been changed for free (755€ without warranty) then i haven’t got the original receipt (i bought the computer online to a private)… I was lucky. I hope that this defect will be admitted by Apple, it would be the least one can do for a computer at this price ! Good luck to everyone    ReplyCancel

  • Kyle2019/02/07 - 3:56 AM

    Thanks so much for taking the time to document and post your experience! As you wrote, “these problems are rarely isolated instances.” I *just* noticed this problem in the lower left corner of my screen today, and immediately Googled to see if others had the same issue. I have a MBP 15″ late 2016 with Touchbar. I think I will try to find a good (non-critical) time to bring my laptop in to Apple; the last time I went in for keyboard replacement and they took a whole week with that.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/07 - 9:10 AM

      No problem. Thanks for sharing your issue. I hope it doesn’t take too long. I should really drop my laptop off during vacation but I can’t imagine being without it even then…ReplyCancel

  • Revo2019/02/07 - 7:11 PM

    I’m not alone! I have a MacBook Pro 2016 here, and only very recently i started to see this yellow discolouration on bottom left corner of the screen to sometimes moving up to top left corner, sometimes the whole left side of the screen gets one giant yellow line, I do carry it everywhere withe me in a backpack for university and work, and when the laptop is standing still with the screen on for few hours the discolouration goes away, until I go to uni the next day…This is nuts, I was lucky enough to get my keyboard replaced last year 5 DAYS before the warranty is expired, and now this… bummer…I think apple should get on it with another extended warranty program to replace the screens since as you can see there’s also this other screen gate issue that’s popping up recently, I really do hope that apple does something about this issue…Also I’m not sure if related to this, before that the middle part of the screen has been also getting discolouration and I assume that’s been happening from the heat of the cpu where the laptop heats up a bit then I close the screen and there’s that.AND the yellow thingy started to appear only after I started using night shift… I doubt that this is related to that but I’m just saying what happened or did before this issue started to rise, I also remember when using the laptop the screen had a yellow flash (like the night shift filter flashed once), and slowly yellow discolouring started appearing…ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/08 - 6:05 AM

      All your symptoms sound familiar. The color eventually stops going away. I haven’t had the issue with the middle of the screen you mentioned or the flashes. Hope Apple does something too!ReplyCancel

    • kerry2019/02/08 - 11:55 PM

      i also think that it could be related with the heat of cpu because my problem started just after i runned a medical program for the first time and i remember my laptop was particularly hot when i closed it and putted it in my backpack 
      the very next morning the screen discoloration started ReplyCancel

      • Greg Samborski2019/02/12 - 8:38 AM

        I seem to recall mine being hot too. Every now and then when I close my macbook it doesn’t go to sleep. When slipped inside a sleeve or bag it then gets incredibly hot. Can’t say for sure this was the case this time but it could have some correlation.ReplyCancel

  • David2019/02/08 - 4:46 AM

    Exact same issue. 2017 15″ MBP. Started happening in November, and has continuously gotten worse.ReplyCancel

  • Sariah2019/02/08 - 6:03 AM

    Mine also started happening soon after my warranty ended… I’m pissed. I’ve never put any major pressure on it, I haven’t dropped it or anything, but it still has happened. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/12 - 8:36 AM

      Thanks for adding your voice. Hopefully when the numbers are high enough they will issue a recall.ReplyCancel

  • jean2019/02/11 - 7:18 PM

    maybe this thread could be used ?

    they’re talking about this websiteReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/12 - 8:39 AM

      Not sure I understand Jean, are you suggesting we move the comments over there? The reason I shared my issue here is because it’s easier for me to include photos, updates and I don’t have to worry about the thread being locked. I’m sure eventually someone with some authority at apple will find this…ReplyCancel

      • jean2019/02/13 - 7:32 PM

        no, no that’s absolutely not i’m suggesting, this website is perfect and thank you for creating it,
        but maybe we could grab apple’s attention on this problem by clicking “i have the same problem” on this google discussion wich refers to you website, that would increase the visitors on this website + might make an Apple Genius commentReplyCancel

  • ben2019/02/12 - 8:40 AM

    Mine just started doing this today. Have a MBP 13″ 2017. Can’t wait to take my computer back again for another issue! Has anyone taken theirs in yet?ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/12 - 8:55 AM

      Some have brought theres in, usually 1-2 week waits and about $800 for a new screen replacement if your warranty is up. A few of those with replaced screens have had the same issue AGAIN.ReplyCancel

  • Emma2019/02/14 - 1:57 AM

    I am also having this issue with my MBP 2017. I am a new media and graphic design student, and currently can’t service it because it is the basis for ALL of my school work. I keep it either on my desk in my dorm room or in my backpack, and I have been doing that for two years… basically this has never happened until this morning. Just like your post, the spot has faded while my laptop is open, however, there is an extremely faint, almost unseeable halo of orange around the entire screen. I called apple support and she had me do the usual restarts. I am completely up to date on software updates, and the restarts did nothing for the problem. I will have to experiment with which way I put my laptop into my bag. I do keep a hard plastic case on it, and there is almost never any direct pressure on it while in my bag as everything else goes in a different pocket. Hoping to get to an Apple store ASAP, maybe over my spring break to have it serviced. I have the warranty still, thank GOD and have used it once before for a blown speaker that they said was my fault, even though they couldn’t tell me what I had apparently done to cause it. We’ll see. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/15 - 9:22 AM

      I know just how hard it is to part with your computer. Even on my vacation I can’t give it up for a couple weeks. I seriously think I will have to keep two machines for when one is down. Let us know what they say and do about the screen.ReplyCancel

      • Emma2019/04/09 - 5:58 AM

        I brought it to the store and the woman there was very helpful. She said that it does seem to be a known issue but that if you don’t have apple care it wouldn’t be covered. I didn’t send it in yet because she said it would take longer than a week, so I’m planning to bring it back once school is over to have it fixed. She said it was the LCD liquid as far as she knew. ReplyCancel

        • Hanna Poeschl2019/04/19 - 3:04 PM

          *** Wow this is THE FRIST good news posted on this lengthy comments section. Will quote it above when I have time. What city is your Apple Store in? ***ReplyCancel

          • Emma2019/05/18 - 3:10 AM

            It’s in Salem, NH. I just brought it to be repaired once the school year finished for me. Brought it in on Monday, and it was done by Wednesday evening, so it must’ve been a pretty easy local fix. The man who looked when I brought it in for repair seemed a little less convinced about the “known problem” thing, and on the paper from when I got it back it says that they replaced Display Assembly Space Gray, item #605-02958 and that the symptom is called “image sticking/ghost” which is different than the LCD thing the first woman told me, but it seems as though they fixed the display. It would’ve been the standard flat $795 for a fix without AppleCare.

  • Sridhar2019/02/15 - 1:02 AM

    Same issue with MBP2017 15″. Spots appear after 4-5 hours of turning on the laptop. Took it in to the apple store. Apparently it’s 550 pounds for a replacement! Bought my machine in India so get only one year warranty. Got to live with the spots for a while now. Thought I’d put it out there in the hope that Apple make it a known issue. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/15 - 9:21 AM

      Hi Sridhar, not sure why your message came through 4 times, were there posting issues? I kept this one. Sorry to hear about your situation. I’ve learned to live with the spots, not so bad if you have a second monitor…ReplyCancel

  • Jo2019/02/18 - 9:14 PM

    Same issue here on 15inch late 2016 model. Happened after it was out of warranty (can’t remember how soon out of warranty but it’s been this way for quite some time). From memory, it occurred after I placed it in the back seat pocket during a flight, so it could be pressure related (I was asleep for some of the time so no idea what happened).

    Overall, the post-2015 Macbook Pros are just awful laptops. Already had the keyboard replaced because of the sticky key problem (and the butterfly keyboard is hands down the worst keyboard I have used in my life, even when it’s working). Linux laptops from here on out for me–will never buy another Macbook again.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/24 - 6:19 PM

      Not a fan of the butterfly keyboard or touch bar myself. Now that I’m used to the keyboard the normal ones feel weird to me too! Also hate the touch bar, still accidental siri and esc inputs all the time. Would love to switch brands but I do like the OS.ReplyCancel

      • JO2019/02/28 - 10:02 AM

        Yep, totally agree. Only time I ever “use” siri is by accident when I’m trying to get back my regular function keys (which is the only “use” I have for the touch bar). Fortunately, I got my computer for free from work but I feel for those in the thread who had to pay for theirsReplyCancel

  • Damian2019/02/20 - 1:36 PM

    I don’t know if this will mitigate the problem (clearly it won’t solve it). First thing first, I shut down my laptop every time i transport it (for me, it helps). I notice that as long as the you put it in a laptop bag that is “stiff”, the tendency for the spots to come up is lessened. I use both a Peak Design Messenger and a North Face laptop backpack. For the Messenger, because the design of the laptop compartment is stiff and as long as I do not put pressure when closing (do not bend the closing flap until it creates a curve), there will be no spots; no matter the duration of the closure. For the backpack, I use a sleeve (though not stiff) and put it in the laptop compartment; but no matter what way i transport it, the spots will always appear. I assume it is because of the pressure from the main compartment of the backpack onto the laptop compartment which is not solid; again, the spots will appear where the pressure is provided by a solid item in the main compartment. 
    So, long story short, the MBP needs to be transported in a stiff or solid encasement and without pressure to the overall MBP. I really didn’t buy a SGD3K MBP for it to be this fragile…my previous MBP lasted me a couple of years without incident; but I have to live with it for now. 
    Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/24 - 6:26 PM

      Thanks for the tips. I never shut mine down and now in Thailand I am noticing that the spots seem worse due to to the heat. Recently my sisters Macbook fell off of her car and was run over… somehow it survived and works flawlessly… this has restored a modicum of my faith in Apple products…ReplyCancel

  • Nathaniel2019/02/22 - 3:03 AM

    Exact same issue. First time was Feb of last year (9 months after getting my 2016 15” 2016 MBP), got a new screen under warranty. Now out of warranty, issue is back and worse than before. Apple quoted a $720 USD screen replacement. Nice!ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/24 - 6:27 PM

      I can’t believe the same issue is happening even after replacement. I’ve heard this a few times now.ReplyCancel

  • Agit2019/02/23 - 2:44 AM

    Hey Greg, I have the same problem that started today. I have a Macbook Pro 2016 “Late”. I always carried my Macbook in a bag. However, I use the beta program of Mojave. Two days ago I did an update to the latest beta version and discovered the problem today. Could it possibly have something to do with the update? Is it possibly possible to fix that problem with updates? Could you find a solution to the problem?ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/02/24 - 6:31 PM

      Hi Agit, this is 99.9% a hardware issue, likely ruptured LCD liquid floating around the screen. I wish it could be solved with updates 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Kim2019/02/25 - 7:26 PM

    Mine is a Macbook Pro Touch bar 2016 model 13 inch and I have just noticed this after it was in my backpack. 
    Used the laptop at around 3.20pm until 3.42pm. Left in bag while I went to look at some animals in uni (It wasn’t damaged in any way as I was standing up and it wasn’t crowded or anything. Bag wasn’t even full). It was 36 degrees C today. Bag was cool tho. Went to my car around 4 ish pm and left bag in the boot which I assume was over 40 degrees C as the car had been parked under the sun all day. Might even be 50 degrees C. Drove home, probably 1 1/4 hour drive where the bag was sitting in the boot. Weather is still very hot, mid 30’s. Brought it home, my room is hot but not very hot. Left the bag in my room but my door was open where the other room had AC so it should’ve cooled it down a bit. Opened my Macbook Pro at 9pm and I see this… 
    Might be the heat as I’ve packed that bag pretty full before and nothing of the sort ever happened. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/02 - 4:33 PM

      Seems a lot of people feel this is heat related. Thanks for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley2019/02/25 - 7:45 PM

    Hey i know i just posted but i restarted my computer (my bf always tells me to do this whenever things dont work) and it slowly faded away. I also have the AC turned on. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/02 - 4:34 PM

      Mine initially completely faded away in the first week or two as well. No they are permanently there 🙁 Have your screen spots since come back?ReplyCancel

  • Debora2019/02/26 - 4:48 AM

    It has just happened to my Mac book pro 15. Not sure what to do. I just moved to another country to study a master and i need it . Nobody found a solution? ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/02 - 4:36 PM

      Sorry to hear that. At this point the only option is screen replacement via Apple Care, paying about $800 USD or trying to find a 3rd party repair shop.ReplyCancel

  • A2019/02/28 - 9:53 PM

    Some spots just appeared along the bottom of my screen. Very annoyed. Mine however are all dark spots, no colour. Frustration….we pay premium prices here. And this does not seem like an isolated incident.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/02 - 4:38 PM

      I feel your pain. Are your spots still colourless? Mine go from purple to orange.ReplyCancel

  • Tomas2019/03/01 - 5:08 AM

    just opened my macbook and saw my orange spots, for the second time..Was thinking about that it was almost exactly a year from the last time and that was almost exactly a year from when I bought the macbook (MacBook Pro, 13″, feb 2017). Last time it went on warranty but will se what the say tomorrow in the store (bought in the EU). ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/02 - 4:39 PM

      Wow, the SECOND time!? Please let us know what they say.ReplyCancel

      • Tomas2019/03/04 - 5:03 AM

        Went to the shop yesterday and the said that it would probably fix it because of the warranty but they want to send the computer to the service person (its three years guarantee in my country). I have an exam in two weeks so I have to wait before I send it in, quite fragile without my computer. ReplyCancel

  • Cian2019/03/01 - 6:25 AM

    Having the exact same issue with my Macbook Pro (13-inch, 2016, with Touchbar), like many of the others commenting here I carry my laptop with me in my bag almost everyday. One of the main reasons for spending the extra money on this laptop was for its portability as I needed it for college. I have contacted apple support on two occasions now and have been given on both occasions an inspection appointment with an Apple “premium reseller” (there are no official Apple stores in Ireland). I was unable to attend the first appointment and have a new one scheduled for next week, however I am sure I will be told to pay €500 or more for a screen replacement as I am almost certain the device is out of warranty. I really hope there will be a replacement programme set up by Apple as I am incredibly disappointed with this issue. After reading here I am not hopeful that the issue is going to get any better and am becoming increasingly frustrated with the condition of the screen. I also still have two and a half years of college to get through with this laptop. Not happy at all!ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/02 - 4:40 PM

      I know how frustrating it is, my last three MacBooks have all died due to shoddy logic board connections. Now I have this problem too. Let us know how it went, I hope they fix is free of charge at least.ReplyCancel

  • Hilton2019/03/02 - 8:14 PM

    My MBP 13″ is having the same issue after I put my laptop and my charger together (charging btw) is maxing out the fan speed and having yellow patches of the bottom right of the screen. ReplyCancel

  • Thinh2019/03/03 - 1:51 AM

    I had the same problem with MacBook Pro 2017 Touch Bar. So frustrating that the warranty was expired a month ago. I owned a a MacBook Pro 2012 before and it worked flawlessly until now. But this, just a year… I don’t know how to say about Apple products nowadays. ReplyCancel

  • Bohdan2019/03/06 - 5:54 AM

    Have the same issue. My warranty is going to expire on Friday, but luckily I’m going tomorrow to Apple Store. See what happens ReplyCancel

  • Carlos2019/03/08 - 5:40 AM

    Same here. Just after the 1-year warranty period. This is extremely annoying and I’m losing faith in Apple since the premium prices are every time harder to justify.ReplyCancel

  • Antonio2019/03/09 - 12:03 AM

    I have same problem on my MBP 15 2016 with touchbar !
    I had video problems in a 2011 and apple switched 6 years later!
    recently had the “staingate” on a 2013 and Apple denied the recall.

    now in 2016 again problems!
    hope the apple recognize the need for a recall and change, just like they did with the 2011!ReplyCancel

  • Eric Moyer2019/03/09 - 3:38 AM

    I’ve been doing a bunch of isolation experiments to figure out if the root cause of daily spot appearance was the compression of being in my backpack or some chemical interaction with the bag lining.
    The spots always show up on the bottom-most (lowest) edge depending on the orientation I put my laptop into my backpack, so one would think that maybe it is just gravity, but if that were the case then I’m not sure why I don’t get a line of orange at the bottom of my screen when I leave the lid open overnight?
    Last night I ran the smoking gun test; I opened my laptop up about 45 degrees and propped it up on its right side for the night sitting on my desk (display off).  In the morning I had orange spots on the right side, so that means it really is just gravity and not something about the bag I carry it in (though it is possible that the compression of being carried in a bag is a necessary condition for the spotting problem to arise).
    I am more than a year out of warranty, but also this is a latent design defect that appears to take ~ a year to start showing up.  Apple needs to step up and take ownership of this issue.ReplyCancel

  • Aaron2019/03/14 - 2:43 AM

    Just to add to the record… I’ve started getting these color casts on my 2017 15″ touchbar fully loaded.  It’s a nightmare for people who work with color, which I do…  I brought it to apple and they said it was either heat or pressure related and they nonchalantly presumed I would just give them $700 for a new screen on the spot (no Apple Care).  The guy actually said, “O boy this will cost you.”  The laptop has never been mishandled, it lives in an InCase sleeve from Apple in a hand bag or in a Pelican studio case.
    What’s infuriating is that it is an expensive computer that is intended to be portable…  why on Earth would problems arising from storing it in normal conditions or the pressure of grasping it while pulling it from the sleeve be considered damage inflicted from the owner and not and engineering/design/manufacturing flaw?
    Any one have luck with this?ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/18 - 11:17 PM

      Surprised he said that, seem Apple employees usually stay hush hush on anything they don’t want to take ownership for 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Saheli2019/03/14 - 3:34 AM

    I have  the exact same issue with my laptop. I have the 15 inch Touch Bar 2017 model. Theres orange spots that was first on the right now its on the left and very faint spots all over the screen and they kinda move away when you touch it and go back into place when you let go. I went to apple and they said I need screen replacement and its possible liquid damage. And that I presumably dropped some liquid into my keyboard and it somehow trickled all the way into the screen and since my warranty is over I have to pay $680 to get this fix. 

    not just that but my laptop has an average of 6 hour battery life on a good day (this has been the case since day one) and they refuse to acknowledge the faulty nature of this piece. I have ran to the apple store at least 4 times with this issue, I did not purchase a $3000 laptop with a 14 hour advertised battery life only to have it connected to power 3 times a day. After running several tests locally and with their engineers they concluded that its 3rd party apps aka AutoCAD, google chrome and adobe creative cloud that is reducing my battery life. This laptop was supposedly designed to handle these powerful apps………..ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/18 - 11:15 PM

      Totally concur. Honestly I don’t notice any major improvement over my tricked out 2013 MPB that had SSD + HDD and 16GB OCW ram. Miss my SD card slot soooooo much.ReplyCancel

  • Gil2019/03/18 - 7:45 AM

    I’ve had the issue for about 2 months now (MacBook Pro Touchbar (15-inch, 2016)). Changing orientation in backpack or leaving open on desk move the spots around.
    I travel a lot (multiple 16+ hour flights year) so wonder if air travel adds to the issue? Anyone else have this issue and travel a lot with their MacBook?ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/18 - 11:14 PM

      I can’t see how air travel specifically would play a greater roll in the spots. I just travel a lot with mine in general and got them.ReplyCancel

  • MClare2019/03/18 - 10:35 PM

    Adding to the chorus. Got my MBP 15″ in Sept 2017. I carry it in a backpack with a padded sleeve compartment for it. Noticing yellow smudges on the short end of the screen (either side depending on how the laptop was stored in transit). I also have general discoloration of the screen (light/dark) that I originally thought was just the background. My 3 year extended warranty is Swiss (purchased through school), so we’ll see if Apple will honor it when I finally have the time to give up my computer for a while.ReplyCancel

  • Felix2019/03/19 - 12:36 PM

    Same issue on my MB-Pro 2016 TouchBar. It has happened TWICE and this time I’m out of warranty. Is this something we customers need to bring as a legal claim for a recall based on a manufacturing flaw?ReplyCancel

  • Grace2019/03/19 - 12:53 PM

    Same issue here! Just thought I’d share. MPB 15″ 2017. Orange spot about 2 inches x 1 inch showed up in the lower left hand corner today and yours was the first blog that came up. Glad I still have apple care! ReplyCancel

  • Kevin2019/03/19 - 9:22 PM


    Just had the same problem on my 15″ MBP bought in June 2018. I went to an authorised Apple service center (as there is no Apple store in my city) and showed my screen. After looking for signs of impact, the technician asked one of his colleague who said: it requires a screen replacement, it’s covered by the warranty, it is probably due to prolonged pressure on the computer. It didn’t look like it was the first time she saw that kind of problem…
    3 days later, my MBP has a new screen. I just need to find a good case to prevent that from happening again (I keep it in a be.ez LA robe sleeve, which is itself in a Wenger back pack, which I thought was a good protection).

    Thanks for your post!ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/19 - 9:24 PM

      That was a quick fix. I’m a little worried because my computer shows signs of impact but this happened long before the screen incident. I hope they don’t deny me the warranty coverage.ReplyCancel

  • Tommy2019/03/21 - 10:41 AM

    Just happened to me to. Seems this is occurring on many computers all at once, almost exclusively MacBooks purchased in late 2017. I’m going to wait out paying $700 for an out-of-warranty repair just in case a recall takes effect. Extremely unlikely they’ll do that, especially considering their current financial health, but this really is an inherent design flaw. Absolutely without a doubt.ReplyCancel

  • Tommy2019/03/21 - 10:57 AM

    Ok, so after some research, I’ve discovered that this isn’t an Apple-specific issue. The problem was identified in the Microsoft Surface as well, and Microsoft has acknowledged that it’s caused by batteries overheating and melting some of the adhesive that holds the screen in place. This hasn’t been confirmed as the source of the issue for Apple devices, but it seems the most logical. Hopefully Apple will be as transparent in this scenario.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/25 - 9:23 PM

      This is VERY interesting and worth looking deeper into. Does the spot migrate around those screens according to gravity too?ReplyCancel

  • Luis2019/03/22 - 2:36 AM

    I have been experiencing the same problem on my MacBook Pro 15’’ late 2016. I took it to the apple store and they did not know what was going on. They refused to replace the screen for free as my computer is out of warranty. They told me that they could open a repair program if they get enough cases like this. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/25 - 9:21 PM

      Well we must be around 150 strong here. I’m hoping someone with the time and resources to escalate this to the next level chimes in. *Waving arms at class action lawyers wildly*ReplyCancel

  • Martin Weber2019/03/22 - 10:01 PM

    Yesterday I got the same yellow bubbles on the left side of my screen on my MacBook Pro 15, 2016 with Touchbar. Today they wandered to the top since I changed the orientation of the MBT in my bag.ReplyCancel

  • Hagam2019/03/22 - 10:47 PM

    I have the same issue. It’s sad.ReplyCancel

  • emma2019/03/23 - 1:42 AM

    I have the same issue with my macbook touchbarReplyCancel

  • Peter2019/03/23 - 2:51 PM

    I have the same issue – MacBook Pro 15″ Touch Bar – December 2017.
    This is not related to pressure on the screen – IMHO. My laptop is very well cared for.
    I was using the laptop this morning, battery got down to 10%, so I closed the lid, took it into my study, plugged it in, left it standing vertical with maximum airflow. Unplugged an hr ago and turned it on and the problem has appeared.
    I think its a software bug. When I opened it up after charging, the screen was on and the display was as it was when I closed the lid this morning. The mouse moved but I needed to touch the fingerprint scanner to log in. 
    I think the “sleep” function failed – the screen ran too hot while charging – now it’s burned.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/25 - 9:19 PM

      I think for those people where the spot migrates around the screen it must be more than a burn, perhaps the heat causes the LCD to rupture. Whatever it is it’s liquid.ReplyCancel

  • Emmet2019/03/26 - 1:25 AM

    I have the same issue. 2017 MBP with touchbar. It is mostly hooked up to a monitor in work and only used as a laptop when I travel to another country (once or twice a month). Thanks for cataloging the issues. At first I’d assumed magnets, as the blobs seemed to correspond with the size and shape of my iPad left on top of it (which I’ve been doing since I got it). ReplyCancel

  • Megan2019/03/26 - 4:59 AM

    Same issue here. I got my MBP 13″ two years ago. The screen was replaced for some other problems by the end of 2017. (They also replaced my hard disk that time…) The screen problem showed up from Feb. 28 and becomes more often now. I don’t know if I should feel happy or sad when I saw so many people are having the same problem. 🙁ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/03/26 - 8:32 AM

      I know what you mean. I think frustrated and disappointed best describes my feelings 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Nuno Emilio2019/03/26 - 10:20 AM

    Hi ! Just to say that i have several phones with the exact same spots of your photos ! The only difference is that the spots are always on the same place. Apparently its a kind of glue problem (caused by heat?) between elements of the LCD. If you want to know more google: Xiaomi Yellow spots ! ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/04/01 - 9:47 AM

      Very interesting and perhaps the best lead on the problem yet. I wonder why those spots wouldn’t migrate though…ReplyCancel

  • Lewis Peralta2019/03/28 - 3:13 AM

    Same issue occurs lower left corner for me on my Touch Bar 2017 15″ MacBook Pro- the issue comes and go. I have yet to detect a pattern- appears randomly for now but appears to go away within a period of normal use. I don’t have AppleCare- just gonna wait for a quality program and/or try my luck with apple care to get it covered.ReplyCancel

  • Tomas2019/03/28 - 4:44 AM

    Update from my post 2019/03/01, they replaced the screen with a new one for the second time so I really hope it is for the last time. In my country they have 3 years warranty and it was included so I didn’t have to pay anything for the change. The diagnos was “anti reflex problem on the screen” from the serviceconsulent. I’m really disappointed of the quality of the new MacBooks, hope it was for the last time now. ReplyCancel

  • Chris2019/04/01 - 1:31 AM

    Another one here. Carry it in a backpack, but if I want something I cannot carry around in a reasonable way, I buy an iMac. This is ridiculous, if I pay 2500+ €, I expect this to be more sturdy than a porcelaine cup. I will update on the Genius Bar responseReplyCancel

  • ND2019/04/01 - 5:21 AM

    This same problem has happened to me not only with the original screen that came with the MBP, but also with the screen that Apple replaced it with! Each time the problem began to appear after about a year of use. Very frustrating. MPB 15″ Late 2016. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/04/01 - 9:48 AM

      Sorry to hear that. So is the replacement guaranteed for any length of time?ReplyCancel

      • Tomas2019/04/03 - 4:19 AM

        3 months for me only, but the computer has 3 years in total. ReplyCancel

  • Lu Chen2019/04/03 - 9:27 PM

    I have a Macbook Pro 15 inch 2016, it starts to show a yellow spot at the left bottom corner this morning. Really frustrated since I do not have Apple care.ReplyCancel

  • Dua2019/04/05 - 10:27 AM

    Hi, I’ve been having the same issue. I have a MacBook Air 13″ that I bought in August of 2017, and didn’t get Apple Care for. I did not buy it at the Apple store. I have a orange/yellow/purplish spot that typically stays near the lower left corner but sometimes moves around. I keep it in a hard shell case, and have a laptop sleeve as well. I’m worried that if I do take it into the Apple store, they will require me to pay 800 dollars. I don’t have that. I’m a student. Should I take it back to the Best Buy I bought it at? Please, any help would do. ReplyCancel

    • Hanna Poeschl2019/04/19 - 3:01 PM

      Sometimes Best Buy offers it’s own extended warranty program, worth checking out.ReplyCancel

  • Jerry2019/04/07 - 4:51 PM

    I got same issue on my mbp 2017 13” just after warranty expiredReplyCancel

  • Jug2019/04/08 - 5:09 AM

    I have the same issue, just got it a few days ago, this unacceptable of Apple, very annoying issue, lets all start a petition.ReplyCancel

  • Etienne2019/04/09 - 4:25 AM

    MBP 2017. Wow I’m glad to see I’m not alone. It first started with some spots on the left side that would go away after an hour or so. But now it’s like a big orange vignette that stay for ever. The Apple store in my area told me to go to the genius bar. Can’t wait to hear what they’ll say! I’ll get back to you with updates. In the meantime, any news on this being a known problem? A recall anytime soon?ReplyCancel

    • Hanna Poeschl2019/04/19 - 3:02 PM

      Did you get your MBP back? What happened?ReplyCancel

      • Etienne Vigneault2019/05/02 - 1:58 AM

        I couldn’t go to Apple yet since I needed my laptop and I read that it could take more than a week. I’ll definitely write back with update when I have one.ReplyCancel

  • lisa2019/04/10 - 3:48 PM

    I got the same problem.. mine is MacBook Pro 2017. But I didn’t extend my apple care. should I send my MacBook Pro back? cause I saw a lot of people who got the new screen without the problem solving. ReplyCancel

  • Robin2019/04/12 - 5:02 AM

    Having the same issue with my 2017 MBP. Noticed it after picking it up after having it in a bag through airport security. Yellow tint along the red side of the screen exactly identical with the pictures in this blog post.ReplyCancel

  • Sunder2019/04/12 - 8:29 PM

    Same issue for me as well, Saw a dot on the top left corner and now when i used it for sometime it disappeared. Not sure how long it would be as it as. ReplyCancel

  • Max2019/04/16 - 6:45 AM

    Hey guys, 
    I think it is because of heating issue. My macbook pro 15 inch is 4-5 months old and I just got the discoloration problem. I was training some neural networks and I guess the load was too heavy for the CPU as the fan was running at full speed.
    Though the discoloration initially was at the bottom left side of the screen, it disappeared the next day. But again it is appearing today at the top right corner of the screen. 
    Is this covered under the warranty?ReplyCancel

  • Lauren2019/04/16 - 8:36 AM

    So sad to have the same problem. I’m out of warranty as well, wish they could fix it. Is there any way people have found it to be limited, so that it doesn’t impact my computer as much (like should I leave it open or closed when I got to sleep?)ReplyCancel

    • Hanna Poeschl2019/04/19 - 3:05 PM

      I continue to use my computer as normal, on the desk, in my bag etc, I don’t see things getting any worse.ReplyCancel

  • Adam2019/04/16 - 10:57 AM

    My Macbook Pro 15″ 2017 is now showing an orange-y yellow mark in the bottom right. It’s brand new, and I’ve only noticed it today. I’m going to the Apple Store tomorrow, after unsuccessfully trying to remediate the issue over Apple Support Chat. They suggested resetting PRAM/NVRAM, then asked for screenshots, and finally a photo of the screen. I’m disappointed, having paid $2500 for a device whose faults appear just out of the warranty period.
    I was thinking of trying to use magnets to mess around with the display, but I don’t want to make things worse!ReplyCancel

    • Hanna Poeschl2019/04/19 - 3:06 PM

      Certainly can’t be fixed with those keyboard commands as it’s hardware related, also would try and fix it yourself. Sadly the only option is a replacement or live with it.ReplyCancel

    • Caleb L Farrelly2019/04/26 - 7:12 AM

      I have a 2017 17″ Macbook Pro. Same issue. ReplyCancel

  • Timo Staub2019/04/16 - 10:34 PM

    I have a Macbook air 13”, bought in January 2018 in Switzerland (no retina display). Clearly the same issue here, light spots on the bottom of the screen. As I have no more warranty, I will bear with it.ReplyCancel

  • Yoshi W2019/04/19 - 2:15 PM

    Just opened mine and I have the same problem on the left side of my screen on my 2017 MBP with TB. Though I do keep mine in a sleeve in my protected compartment in backpack, I don’t think its from pressure as I don’t put many things in my bag and haven’t dropped my bag… The discolouration has faded a bit (not sure though about migration of the spot though). I’m sadly out of warranty and from the look of things from previous post from users who are also out of warranty, I am looking at about 700-800 USD for a screen replacement… T_TReplyCancel

  • Dean2019/04/24 - 3:07 AM

    I thought it was just me! It does seem to gravitate towards the “bottom” edge of the screen so if it’s on its side in the bag it goes to the lowest point. Would be good if apple acknowledged this issue and offered a fix.ReplyCancel

  • kim2019/04/24 - 12:05 PM

    i have same issue  i am happen to  twiceReplyCancel

  • Matthias2019/04/26 - 2:25 AM

    Hey Greg! Same issue here, MacBook Pro (15″, 2017). After I also had display problems with the Pro model before, I really consider to move away from apple. ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa2019/04/26 - 9:59 AM

    This same thing happened to me too! The certified Apple repair told me that they had seen a bunch of the same problem, but that since I was out of warranty I should call Apple to try and get a “code” for a free repair. Apple told me that they realized the problem happens and refused to do anything, so I guess it’s orange spots until I can afford a new, non-Apple laptop. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/04/26 - 11:18 AM

      That’s BRUTAL, they acknowledged and refused… sorry it didn’t work out.ReplyCancel

  • Livia2019/04/27 - 11:30 AM

    Same problem here, for a few months now. I have a MacBook Pro Late 2016. ReplyCancel

  • Ivana2019/04/28 - 12:13 AM

    Very light orange spots just started to appear on the sides of my MPB 13 2017… Well, just few days before the end of warranty. I hope the spots will be there when Ill go with it to repair, so it gets replaced and worse spots won’t appear after the end of warranty 😐 ReplyCancel

  • Margo2019/05/02 - 12:45 AM

    The orange spots on my mac disappear and then come back. Whenever I bring it to an Apple store the orange spots  disappear the day I bring it, and they say their diagnosis doesn’t find a problem.ReplyCancel

  • Chris2019/05/05 - 8:05 PM

    I have replaced the screen 4 times now over the last 2 years on my 2016 MacBook TB 15’’. I have a 2018 model as well, have changed the screen once, will likely change again soon as the discoloration is starting to occur. The screen is hyper fragile to any pressure or distortion – even trying to minimize any chance for pressure on the screen I get the issue repeatedly. I have had 2 15-inch Retina and one 13 inch retina – old style body/screen – same bags and packing practices, ZERO issues. I hope Apple is incurring a hearty service cost as a result of warranty/Apple care screen replacements. Perhaps they will improve in the next generation… 
    I got into the Apple laptop line largely for the durability/reliability – between the 2016-2018 unacceptably fragile screen design and the garbage keyboard reliability, I’m now only in due to ecosystem lock-in, professional preference for a Unix-based OS, in the pain of changing back to windows. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/05/07 - 10:12 PM

      FOUR TIMES!!! I can relate to being trapped in the ecosystem. I’ve got myself a used LG V30 Android phone thinking I could make a slow transition but fact is I still don’t really like it after a year.ReplyCancel

  • Steven Alsheimer2019/05/05 - 9:24 PM

    I have had this problem with my 2014 Macbook air for years. I have learned to live with it but my observations were the same as yours, adding that heat most definitely plays its own role.This is not an LCD leak as that would be black, nor is it water under the screen. The discoloration looks like thin film interference, which means theres something trapped under the polarizing layer on the screen, causing, well polarization. I think it might be air, during th emanufacturing process air might have gotten between these layers causing this problem. The seal on the screen is still good which is why the bubbles area is always conserved. Gravity defs moves it but I notice if water gets on my screen and I close the lid and re-open it later the bubbles move right to where the water was. The water got hot over time creating a localized heat sink, expanding the air, and interestingly pulling the bubbles bc theyre gone from the bottom of the screen now. I dont think there is any way to fix this for me but if you run into the problem its a manufacturing error and apple should resolve it. These are my observations and conclusionsReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/05/07 - 10:14 PM

      Very interesting to read your analysis of the issue. Thank you for sharing. I hope some day we figure out what really happened.ReplyCancel

      • Kent2019/05/10 - 4:18 AM

        Greg, I suggest recommending on this blog for people to reset their SMC. I just did this and the discoloration went away almost immediately. I’ll update if they returnReplyCancel

        • Greg Samborski2019/05/14 - 1:49 PM

          I’ll give it a try but I can’t imagine how the SMC and screen are connected in that way… Will let you know.ReplyCancel

          • Trí Nguyễn2019/05/17 - 12:51 PM

            I tried resetting the SMC, but the issue is still there. Have the same problem on my 2018 15inch macbook pro. Now I only keep it on my desk so the smudges don’t clump on either side of the screen.

          • Greg Samborski2019/05/27 - 3:00 AM

            Yes it’s hard to imagine how SMC could be causing this. I still carry my MBP everywhere and the smudges that collect do dissipate, the problem doesn’t appear to be getting much worse.

          • Trí Nguyễn2019/05/23 - 10:24 PM

            resetting the SMC did nothing for me, the blotch is still on the screen and very prominent

  • John2019/05/07 - 9:56 PM

    I also have the same issue, mine is a 2017 macbook pro 13 ReplyCancel

    • German2019/05/10 - 7:58 PM

      Yes, same problem here, this started a week ago. Definitely is a manufacture problem.ReplyCancel

  • Jack2019/05/09 - 8:45 AM

    Hey Greg, I am having the same issue with my 15 in. MBP 2017. It is actually the second time I have had this issue with my laptop. I first started noticing the discoloration January of 2018. The issue was very similar to the problems other people have reported. Unfortunately, in March of 2018, I returned from the bathroom to find my coffee spilled on my Mac. There was water damage, and I had my screen replaced at the Apple store. Because I got a new screen on my Mac, the problem with discoloration went away. However, I noticed today, a slight discoloration in the upper left hand corner of my screen by the Apple logo. The problem could be due to how I store my laptop, which is usually in my backpack, but to run into this problem twice in 2 years with 2 different screens makes me believe the issue is a result of an error in the design. 

    Also, on a side note, I was unable to find anybody else experiencing the problem of screen discoloration, so thank you for creating this thread.ReplyCancel

  • Kevin2019/05/09 - 11:13 AM

    Same issue here folks, MBP Retina Pro 2017 w touchbar. Any got lucky with no apple care?ReplyCancel

  • Kent2019/05/10 - 4:08 AM

    The same issue just happened to me! I did nothing to cause this and the smudges appear on the left side of my screen. Going into the apple store in two days to get this looked at/see what the cause is.ReplyCancel

  • Leo2019/05/13 - 9:25 PM

    Dealing with this problem, I notice as you’re saying you also have blots on the right side of the screen that I have an orange streak growing there too. Time for the genius bar.ReplyCancel

  • Jacob Koop2019/05/14 - 5:47 AM

    I am happy I found this post. I have a 2016 macbook pro with the same issue. Yellow spot or line following gravity. I am out of warranty and apple told me they would charge full price for repair. They tell me it will take a week to repair. I can’t be without a laptop for a week, so I will have to get a replacement.ReplyCancel

  • Joshua2019/05/14 - 4:55 PM

    Same problem on 2017 MPB with TouchBarReplyCancel

  • Alayt Abraham Issak2019/05/14 - 10:04 PM

    I have the MBP 13″ 2017 (no touch bar) and I have been experiencing the same problems. I bought the laptop in August 2017 and it has been almost two years now. I started experiencing this problem about 6 months ago. I thought it was due to an app I was using(f.lux) that adjusts the light on your screen based on the time of day. However, I’m glad to know I’m not alone. I don’t think I can qualify for Applecare anymore. Is the only solution just to live with it?ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/05/27 - 2:58 AM

      Sorry to hear that. Seems like most people right now are either claiming on Apple care or living with it. Hopefully Apple will offer an extended replacement program.ReplyCancel

  • Oslo2019/05/16 - 12:28 AM

    Just one more comment ‘same here’ – MacBook Pro 15 inch mid-2017 bought last year, happened out of the blue, I usually have it stationary in my office and take it with me maximum once a week, and when I do it’s both in a shell and in a case. Never dropped or spilled water on it. ReplyCancel

  • amine2019/05/19 - 8:56 PM

    wow 275 comments, first time i came on this website we were barely 15..
    now that we’ve seen that we are all getting theses spots while no one did something wrong with his macbook, what should we do ? because i’m not paying 800$ for a problem i did not cause !ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/05/27 - 3:02 AM

      Amazing how many cases there are right? And these are only the 1% or so who find this page and bother to leave a comment so there must be a lot more out there. At this point I think we all need to be sharing this page with class action / group action lawyers to see who wants to take the case.ReplyCancel

  • Ruben van Gaalen2019/05/23 - 6:24 PM

    Isn’t there a place where we can all start a campaign/petition? Maybe a lawyer could pick up the case given he has a strong case, but I’m guessing he’ll need a official list op people confirming this problem (I’m thinking your website won’t be enough @Greg). How was this solved for the sticky keys issue for the same laptop type?ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/05/27 - 3:06 AM

      I actually had a meeting with a client who happens to be a lawyer about his photography needs. I asked hime about this situation and said I have about 500 people (I really thought that many had commented but now I see we’re around 277). He said as long as I have the contact info for each personal many class action / group action lawyers would look at this as a strong and lucrative case. I’m in the process of finding out more!ReplyCancel

  • damien2019/05/24 - 8:27 PM

    is the flexgate related to our problem ?
    is there anychance we could get cover throw this recall ?ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/05/27 - 3:07 AM

      Not sure if flexgate has anything to do with this. I think if enough people with lawyer connections bring up this case and website one of them may be interested in taking it.ReplyCancel

  • David P2019/05/26 - 11:43 PM

    2017 15″ MBP, same issue. Orange smudges started appearing 12 months after I bought it. Tried taking it into the Apple store but they said it’d be $800 to replace the screen. Very disappointed in this generation of MBP’s.ReplyCancel

  • Salvador Razo2019/05/27 - 10:57 AM

    I have the same issue with my MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017) ReplyCancel

  • Fiachra Lennon2019/05/27 - 7:17 PM

    Same story for me. Add my name to the tale of woe!ReplyCancel

  • sfz2019/05/27 - 9:28 PM

    Exactly the same here. MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017), Touchbar.ReplyCancel

  • Alex2019/05/27 - 11:36 PM

    Hi all, I heave the same issue with a MacBook Pro 2016 15” with Touch Bar. The issue came up two days after the keyboard and battery replacement from an authorized service provider.ReplyCancel

    • Alex2019/05/31 - 4:57 PM

      I just got it back from the service provider. They extend my guarantee so they replaced the screen without any cost. The think is this new screen ok or it will have the same behaviour sometime in the next year? I guess i have to wait to see….ReplyCancel

  • Mike2019/05/28 - 3:52 AM

    Thanks for documenting this issue on your website!  Same problem here.  Orange-y spot on lower left that started yesterday.  Late 2016 15″ Macbook Pro with touchbar.  I’m currently on my second keyboard (will need some of those keys replaced too) and second logic board.  I have been using Mac laptops since they came with a trackball and this 2016 is by far the least reliable and worst of the bunch.  I still have AppleCare (learned that lesson a long time ago) and will update with the repair experience.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/05/30 - 9:09 AM

      Thanks for sharing. Totally agree Apple hardware quality has only gotten worse with each passing year.ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy2019/05/28 - 4:44 AM

    I have a MacBook Pro 15 Inch 2017 and am also experiencing this issue!! so frustrated. ReplyCancel

  • Jamie2019/05/29 - 2:25 PM

    Another computer bites the dust. I have a 15″ 2017 and just noticed an orange/yellowish discoloration on my screen. Glad I’m not alone but am disappointed Apple hasn’t done anything about it or acknowledge the situation. The discoloration went away on its own but I suppose it’s only a matter of time before it comes back with vengeance. ReplyCancel

    • cédrid2019/05/30 - 6:11 PM

      have you notices a blue discoloration before our beloved orange one ?ReplyCancel

  • Lukas Svicarovic2019/05/31 - 6:57 AM

    Hello. I’m having the same issue with my Macbook 15″ 2017. I had the same issue 1 year ago, and as my MBP was covered they changed the screen.
     I have a few theories of why this is happening and how to prevent it:
    – The issue is caused by overheating of the main body. So, when you close the Macbook, the screen is going to be very close to the main body. That’s why the patterns are in the edges of the screen and not in the center; because the keyboard is preventing the heat to reach the screen, but not the aluminium edges.
    – I was facing another issue aswel, and it’s related to the MBP and Mojave, preventing the MBP to instantaneity sleep when I close the lid. And, because I am a very impatient person, as soon as I close the MBP I put it on my bag, there are several seconds when the MBP is on AND inside the bag, overheating it.
    – This makes sense as the yellow spots dissapears: The screen cool down, and then got back to normality, unless the heating damage was for a long time. You can check the reactions of LCD screens by fire in YouTube, and the decoloration is quite similar with these yellow spots.
    So my recommendation is to:
    – Ensure that the MBP is cool enough before you close it.
    – Use something between the keyboard/body and the screen when is closed. Ideal if it’s something thick enough to isolate the heat from the body.
    – Ensure that the MBP is sleeping fast enough, and not waking up automaticaly for some reason or program. Oddly, making a new Location profile in Network preferences caused several apps from preventing the MBP to waking up (for example, Whatsapp Desktop). (more info:
    – I also downloaded a fan control, so before leaving a place I put the fan to the max to cool it down. I recommend smcFanControl ( because you can trigger with 2 clicks the max rpm.

    I hope this would be useful for someone 🙂 And it would be nice if someone validate these theories. Again, I’m only guessing, and, because I couldn’t find the real reason of the issue on Internet, I wrote this post.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/05/31 - 11:50 AM

      Lukas, I really appreciate your input. This is one of the few comments really addressing what could be the root of the problem. I seem to recall my MacBook also getting very hot a few times because the sleep function wasn’t triggered and it was slid into a backpack where it of course got extremely hot with all the protective padding/insulation around it.

      One point where my experience is different is that my purple and yellow spots remain even when my MacBook is cool. I believe the reason the spots don’t appear in the middle of the screen is simply die to gravity and physics, the liquid crystal clings to the edges and bottom in the same way water collects on the sides and bottom of a class when tipped.

      Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Joven Baloyo2019/06/01 - 6:38 PM

    Got exactly the same issue. Mine is a 2016 15″ MBP with the orange tint appearing on the left-side screen. Also got a busted/distorted speaker on thisReplyCancel

  • Alessandro2019/06/03 - 5:04 PM

    Hey everyone! Joining the club! As of this morning, my MBP 15-inch 2016 touch-bar has a nice orange stain on the bottom left corner of the monitor. Fun!ReplyCancel

  • Mat2019/06/04 - 12:34 AM

    Adding my voice to the chorus. I have a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017) purchased in mid-2017. Exact same problem as yours, started about a year after purchase. The discolorations always appear on the side of the screen closest to the floor during storage. They also get worse when the laptop gets hot, especially in the lower corners of the screen closest to an active USB-C slot (power adapter or dangle hub). By now I also see dim orange halos in both top corners of the screen, which don’t seem to be going away. I am waiting for a slow period at work to service the laptop (luckily, have the 3-year warranty), but I am not happy to read that the problem returns after a screen replacement! This is clearly a major design flaw, which I hope Apple addresses systematically, and soon! Thanks for hosting this forum, where we can document this issue.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/06/10 - 1:57 PM

      Thanks for adding your case to the log. I got a lead on a lawyer who might be interested in doing something.ReplyCancel

  • Maanav Chauhan2019/06/04 - 4:09 AM

    Same issue just started today on 2017 13″ pro with touchbarReplyCancel

  • Hans Hamm2019/06/06 - 3:48 PM

    Same Issue here, MBP Late 2016. I am hoping for a replacement program. Unfortunately Apple did not really show interest in explaining why this happens. Guys with apple care or within the 2 years warranty might replace the screen without extra cost. But from my perspective its a total rip off. I paid 3000$ for that thing. Dont see any reason why to pay another 900$ to replace the screen with another one that will have the same issue in 1-3 years again.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/06/10 - 1:56 PM

      Totally agree and it seems there are many now who have dealt with this issue more than once.ReplyCancel

  • Alan Van Arden2019/06/06 - 11:10 PM

    Exact same issue here on my MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) with touch bar. I also think heat is the problem. Started happening when I was traveling for work and had to put away my laptop an more often, to move between meetings.I contacted apple over chat and the actually said, it may be covered under an extended warranty. They classified this issue as anti glare delamination on the chat. I will only know once I bring it in. If not I hope posting here will add some urgency to extending this warranty for appleFor now Work is too busy, I must use it as is. Some days are better than others.ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/06/10 - 1:55 PM

      Interesting that you got a classification for the issue. Keep us posted on how it goes.ReplyCancel

      • Alan Van Arden2019/06/12 - 11:39 PM

        I have a sense the classification they used if from a slightly different issue. The techs at apple/apple authorized, may have a different understanding. This is starting to sound fairly common. A few folks at my office are seeing the same thing. (We all run MBPs).ReplyCancel

  • Gerard2019/06/07 - 5:16 AM

    I’ve had this 3 times now on 2 different 15″ models (one 2016, one 2018).  The third occurrence was maybe 3 months after I had the screen replaced due to the previous occurrence.  I’m torn between it being related to heat (after the first incident I’ve been very careful about not closing the lid until the laptop has been powered down for at least 5 minutes) or due to pressure when I occasionally put a couple of sheets of paper between the keyboard and the screen to keep them flat while in my backpack.ReplyCancel

  • Adam2019/06/07 - 8:05 PM

    Thanks for the great resource, glad I found it as the same thing has just started affecting my 2017 MBP with Touch Bar. No issues up until last night when a really noticeable yellow/orange spot appeared in the bottom right when I opened it up. Gone this morning but faint orange smears all along the bottom of the display now. Got a Genius Bar appointment next week but this is a production machine and I can’t afford to be waiting weeks for a repair. Really disappointed tbh, my previous 2011 MBP suffered from the AMD GPU issue, was fixed under warranty and then failed again with the same issue despite being assured the replacement parts had rectified the issue. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/06/10 - 1:54 PM

      Thanks for sharing your story with us. Hopefully apple does something about this soon.ReplyCancel

  • John philstone2019/06/08 - 4:14 PM

    This also happens for windows (surface laptopReplyCancel

  • dina2019/06/08 - 10:23 PM

    hi greg, 
    what about openning a topic on ? just to see how many person are really impacted by this problem ReplyCancel

  • Andrew Edwards2019/06/11 - 9:06 PM

    I have the same issue on a very new macbook proReplyCancel

  • Ian2019/06/12 - 10:09 AM

    MBP 15″ 2016 – If you are without warranty apple will not fix it for free. I made an appointment and spoke with a rep at the genius bar who quoted me $680 and 3-5 days for repair. I asked to speak to someone who would be able to discuss pricing as I did not do anything to harm the MacBook. The higher ranked rep agreed it was unlikely that it was anything I did and that the LCD screens have failed for other MacBooks but that the price is set. It’s sad that a >$2000 MBP can’t survive a four year degree without damage. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/06/12 - 6:39 PM

      It’s rare that someone from Apple will acknowledge the problem before there has been an official statement, good stuff. My old Macs would last 10 years, those released over the last 5-10 years just keep getting more fragile.ReplyCancel

  • Greg Samborski2019/06/12 - 9:13 PM

    UPDATE – We have a lawyer who is interested in this case! More information at the very top of the original post. ReplyCancel

  • Matthew Montebello2019/06/12 - 10:17 PM

    Yes … unfortunately started today 🙁 June 12th 2019 … and i bought my expensive macbook pro less than 2 years ago …ReplyCancel

    • Michael2019/06/14 - 5:55 AM

      Started today for me yesterday too! June 12th 2019…. I bought it also 2 years ago, as soon as it came out (Oct 2016), but keyboard got stuck in 3 days and had to wait another month to get a replacement. Now after 2.5 years, this…ReplyCancel

  • G Wang2019/06/13 - 9:35 AM

    I have the exact same issue with my 2017 15” MBP. Sometimes the
    yellow/orange areas fade away, but they are on the screen for most of
    the times. The position of those areas moves according to how the laptop
    is placed.ReplyCancel

  • Colby2019/06/13 - 2:11 PM

    Crazy but this just happened to me today, 6/12/19ReplyCancel

  • Lia2019/06/14 - 1:04 AM

    I first noticed this today (6/13) but suspect it’s been going on for longer since I use a black background.a. MacBook is not still under warranty/Apple Care.b-e. I have never had this replaced before
    Incredibly frustrating!ReplyCancel

  • Luke2019/06/14 - 7:11 AM

    Same thing happened to my 2018 15inch MBP. Luckily, it was still within the 1 year warranty and Apple replaced the display. Still confused/curious in regards to the cause: heat vs pressure? ReplyCancel

  • Raphael2019/06/14 - 11:30 AM

    Hi there,
    I bought a 2017 MacBook Pro 15” back in late June of 2017 and a discolouration spot had started to appear about two weeks ago in the bottom right corner, after having been stored vertically in a laptop sleeve for like 3 hours. The first one faded out never to be seen again, until I spotted a way bigger one across all of the left side of the screen. I hope I can get this fixed without having to pay it myself, cause my warranty is running out in 2 weeks, but I’m still overseas for the next 4 weeks. It’s just very disappointing that such an expensive product clearly suffers from problems like this.ReplyCancel

  • Matt Luca2019/06/14 - 3:12 PM

    Hi guys, I’m new to threads and never posted on any thread before but the moment I saw this same issue happen, I had too. I paid over $3k with the upgrade for my late 2016 MacBook Pro 15″ with touch bar and today I realized I was having the same issue as the article listed above, an orange spot in the upper left hand corner near the Apple Logo. Its starting off as a light orange color but i’m really worried that it will progress and get much worse as time goes. I unfortunately didn’t get Apple Care since I BABY my laptop, I keep it in a Speck backpack that has a special protective sleeve with gel supportive coats under and bought another thick cloth protective sleeve just in case to keep it protected. I never dropped or slammed it and take extreme care of it as I spent a pretty penny on it. I figured, if people are going to
    spend a huge chunk of money on a laptop, then it ought to be one heck of
    a machine and atleast last 5 years! My old 2012 Macbook Pro is still running strong as well as my brothers 2009 MBP. These new machines cost so much and last so little. Very disappointing.
    One thing I did realize is that, if you somewhat ‘lightly’ push on the orange spot in another direction, it tends to move. I managed to ‘push’ it off the screen for now so now it looks normal but this is NOT supposed to happen. If I’m not mistaken, the screen is a Liquid Crystal LED backlit display so maybe this is why the orange is able to shift? I could be wrong tho, please correct me if I am.
    Anyways, I hope Apple fixes this issue as this is unacceptable for a machine that you spend so much money on and faults within 2-3 years of use. Please add me to the list of people that are experiencing issues with their display!!!ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/06/14 - 11:37 PM

      Thanks for taking the time to share here Matt, sorry you’re dealing with this too.ReplyCancel

  • Jonas2019/06/14 - 5:32 PM

    Same issue here. On my 15 ” MacBook Pro Late 2016 with Touchbar it is mostly gravity dependent (Sitting even on a table for 1-2 days eliminates most of the spots, though this is kind of against the use case of a laptop right :-/ ).To answer the above questions: No more warranty / extended warranty / Apple Care, not yet fixed by Apple, replacement would cost ~800 Euro (in Germany)ReplyCancel

  • Yanni2019/06/15 - 2:23 AM

    Same issue here, yellow splotches towards either the lower left or right part of my screen about half of the time when I open my computer. No rhyme or reason behind it that I can see, just seems to happen at random. Doesn’t fade while I’m using it, but if I close my computer for a while then the next time it may or may not appear. 
    I’m on a 15″ 2017 MBP running High Sierra, started happening about 18 months after purchase so no warranty and I also don’t have Apple care. 
    I’ve also contacted Apple Support and they seem to be in the dark about this, just ran me through the usual troubleshooting steps to no effect. ReplyCancel

  • juan pardal2019/06/15 - 3:42 AM

    Same problem on a MBP 2017, no apple waranty ReplyCancel

  • Taylor Hermes2019/06/15 - 5:28 PM

    My 15″ Macbook Pro 2016 began exhibiting this screen fault about 2 months ago, which is quite sporadic for the blotch while the halo is always present. Please keep me updated. I would like a replacement screen from Apple.ReplyCancel

  • Martijn2019/06/15 - 11:56 PM

    Same problem, MBP 2016.. Both sides..ReplyCancel

  • T2019/06/16 - 8:27 AM

    This same thing just started happening to my 2016 15″ MacBook Pro today.  Rainbow like colors on the left side of my screen, and flickering lines across the top.  I googled it and found this.  Beyond frustrated.ReplyCancel

  • Thomas2019/06/16 - 9:46 AM

    I had the same issue with my MacBook Pro 15″ 2017. I brought it into Apple today and they are going to completely replace my display for free because of a “lamination issue” unrelated to the orange marks on one side of my screen. I too explained the gravity aspect of it and the lady helping me was confused by it but willing to help. Price to replace was app $795; however, I did not have to pay anything even though my device is no longer in warranty. ReplyCancel

  • Alireza2019/06/16 - 10:02 PM

    Hey there
    I am experiencing the same issue as yours on my 15″ 2017 MacBook Pro (MPTT2).
    It started with screen having some blueish tint in some areas and it is getting worse.
    Despite of the blueish tint I’m now having those yellow marks on the screen that move along the screen when I move the laptop.
    My 1 year warranty has expired the cost of the screen replacement is sooooo high.
    So I think I should live with it for nowReplyCancel

  • Yasha2019/06/18 - 1:47 AM

    Same issue here. I’ve had this for a couple years actually. Will try and get it fixed through Apple CareReplyCancel

  • Matt Luca2019/06/18 - 4:03 AM

    Now this is happening all along the left side of my screen compared to just the circle from last week! (the side the laptop was tilted on while going only from school to work (3 hours). I have like OCD so this REALLY annoys me and upsets me. C’mon Apple! And they charge an arm, a leg, 2 goats, and a chicken to replace these screens. Shake My Head…ReplyCancel

  • Wei2019/06/18 - 11:30 AM

    I have 2016 MBP 15 inch. The orange spots appeared (or at least I became aware of them) shortly after the 1 year warranty period ended. The symptom is similar to what others mentioned here, namely, there is an area approximately 1 inch in width that is orange, on one side of the screen, typically gravitating toward the side of screen that sit at the bottom of the bag. It sort of move around with gravity over time. 
    When I took it to the genius bar, it was noted down as “the display has an orange burn”. They offered no explanation as to why this is happening. My laptop also had 2 unrelated issues: a semi-stuck space key and a usb-c port that did not charge. The total cost of repair out of pocket, as quoted to me, would be $675 parts + $100 in labor. To me, they are just using mafia tactics to squeeze money out of customers, for bad hardware design they must know of, but don’t publicly acknowledge. 
    I ended up only replacing the keyboard under the 4 year program Apple put out (cough, the one case where they are forced to acknowledge their hardware design is shit). Still pretty unhappy at how stupid this whole business is. ReplyCancel

    • Greg Samborski2019/06/24 - 3:56 PM

      It wouldn’t hurt as bad if we were at least getting acknowledgement, honest explanations and great customer service for these premium prices…ReplyCancel

  • Timothy2019/06/18 - 5:28 PM

    Hey, I’ve been suffering from the same issue since three days. That is on top of the muffled speakers issue that I already had.ReplyCancel

  • anonymous2019/06/18 - 11:44 PM

    I have this same problem and am currently pursuing a consumer law claim against Apple in the EU.ReplyCancel

  • Tobias Ilg2019/06/19 - 7:03 PM

    Good to know that I am not alone. I have the 2017 MBP 15″ model. Within one year I had to send it to Apple 3 times. Twice for a broken speaker and once for the keyboard. Now, after a bit of a year, the screen is full of orange spots. Apple Care has expired  and I don’t want to pay a huge amount of money for a device which has its forth issue now. The device is only used for work which makes it even more annoying. I think it is a temperature problem. When my MBP is at the docking station it gets quite hot above the keyboard and the orange spots first appeared at the bottom of the screen at exactly this position. ReplyCancel

  • Jill2019/06/19 - 9:21 PM

    This exact same phenomenon appeared on my screen today, after I got my MBP 2017 out of the backpack! ReplyCancel

  • Rob B2019/06/20 - 9:14 AM

    I opened my laptop 15 minutes ago and saw the orange blob in the upper left corner. I can’t believe it… +$2,000 for my 15″ MacBook Pro touch bar 2017 and first I have the keyboard problem and now this. Also, the computer will make “popping” sounds during temperature changes. Now I need to find out if I have apple care. ReplyCancel

  • Marque2019/06/20 - 12:21 PM

    Me Too…bottom left screen just tinted orange.  Whats the progress with the lawyer?ReplyCancel

  • David MacKenzie2019/06/21 - 3:26 AM

    2017 15″ MBP with touch bar running Mojave. Started having the orange splotches problem about a month ago. Goes away eventually when the lid is open for a few hours. Out of warranty, no AppleCare, haven’t had Apple look at the problem. However, it started a few weeks after I had the laptop repaired by Apple for damage from a static shock. I wonder if the service procedure put pressure on the display somehow.ReplyCancel

  • Jeppe2019/06/21 - 4:12 AM

    Same issue. Thanks for pursuing.ReplyCancel

  • Dennis2019/06/21 - 11:11 PM

    Here the same issue. I thought i had made a mistake cleaning the screen. Till is noticed that is is at least not in the top layer…ReplyCancel

  • Gunnar2019/06/22 - 3:19 AM

    Same problem with the 2018 MBP 15″.ReplyCancel

  • Gunnar2019/06/22 - 3:21 AM

    Same problem, first time I observed it just now. 2018 15″ Version. Still in the first year but no Apple care. Did not go to the Apple Store yet.ReplyCancel

  • gabriel mehaignerie2019/06/22 - 4:31 AM

    Hello, I have this exact same issue on my macbook pro w/out touchbar from late 2016. Had it for a while now but the situation has deteriorated in the last days, dont know whyReplyCancel

  • Jonathan J Davis2019/06/23 - 5:31 AM

    Mine seem blue blotches in the middle, but that could be the same as yellowed on the edgesReplyCancel

  • Scott K2019/06/24 - 1:22 AM

    Same problem, same computer. It’s such a bummer. Thousands of dollars!ReplyCancel

  • Craig2019/06/24 - 5:03 AM

    Update: brought my MacBook in Apple after months of forgetting. They inspected the device, saw there were no visible bashes on the exterior of the casing, so decided it was a faulty display. They told me it would be covered for free under EU Consumer Law, and the employee had seen a few cases like mine before.ReplyCancel