Items tagged with flexgate

Back in January, we reported on an issue that is starting to afflict recent MacBook Pro laptops (2016 and 2017 models). The problem is labeled "flexgate" and refers to the stage light effect that appears at the bottom of the display after typical, everyday use. This is caused by a flex cable (which connects the display panel to the display controller) that eventually is damaged from stretching when the display lid is opened and closed. To make matters worse, the flex cable isn’t a separate component; it’s built into the display panel. So, if the flex cable fails, you have to replace the entire display panel at a cost of $600 or more. At the time of our initial report, Apple... Read more...
Throttlegate, batterygate, bendgate... flexgate? It looks as though MacBook Pro owners have yet another hardware failure to watch out for as their devices age. No, we're not talking about keyboards that are crippled by tiny specs of dust; we're talking about the flex cable that is used to connect the 13-inch or 15-inch display panel to the display controller on the motherboard of 2016 and newer MacBook Pro devices. The latest hardware failure has been dubbed “flexgate,” and users who experience it will often see a "stage light effect" at the bottom of the display. A website was erected to chronicle the problem, and the teardown specialists over at iFixit took a... Read more...