It appears that a design flaw in Apple’s MacBook Pro models may be causing ‘stage light’ effects and the screen to fail completely over time. The problem is that it is happening now to MacBook Pro from 2016 onwards. Enter #Flexgate
#Flexgate as it is known is due to Apple’s use of two fragile flex cables that are part of the screen. They begin to tear, especially if the notebook is opened past vertical (90°) – as you do! Enter stage light.
As the cables are part of the LCD screen, replacement is not
an option leading to a complete screen replacement at several hundred dollars.
IFIXIT says it is a serious design flaw in
the pursuit of thinness.
IFIXIT says when, not if they fail, Apple should replace them
at no cost regardless of warranty. Apple has not yet acknowledged there is a
problem. Calls to join class action suits are beginning to appear.
A petition is at Change.Org requesting Apple acknowledge the issue and extend warranty for the reasonable life of the computer. It has over 2,000 signatures.