Apple has extended its 13-inch MacBook Pro Display Backlight Service Program to 5 years from the date of purchase of eligible MacBooks or 3 years from the start of the service program, whichever is longer.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro Display Backlight Service Program was launched in 2019 for specific 2016 MacBook Pro models, which were sold between October 2016 and February 2018. The program provides free service for the affected Macs, free of cost.
13-inch MacBook Pro Display Backlight Service Program extended to 5 years
The program, launched in 2019, previously covered only 4 years from the date of purchase. Apple updated its support page to further extend the coverage:
The program covers eligible MacBook Pro models for 5 years after the first retail sale of the unit or 3 years from the start date of this program, whichever is longer.
As per the support document, the program covers MacBook Pro models from 2016, which exhibit the following issues:
- Display backlight continuously or intermittently shows vertical bright areas along the entire bottom of the screen
- Display backlight stops working completely
These issues happen due to a display cable inside the MacBook that can wear out after normal usage which involves opening and closing the laptop lid.
If you have one of the following MacBook Pro models, you might be eligible for a free service. You can check your model by clicking on the Apple logo on the top left of the screen in macOS, and clicking About This Mac.
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
To get your MacBook Pro serviced, you will have to either reach out to an Apple Store, or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.
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