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[Various] ‘Flexgate’ might be Apple’s next MacBook Pro problem

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Starting with the 2016 MacBook Pro, Apple has used a pair of flexible ribbon cables that are pulled tight every time you open the lid on the computer. That may be damaging them over time.

As the cable breaks down, it can cause an odd “stage light” effect at the bottom of the display when the lid is fully opened. As more damage is caused over time, it can cause the screen to completely fail to function if the lid is opened more than halfway.






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- https://ifixit.org/blog/12903/
- https://www.theverge.com/circuitbrea...creen-flexgate


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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-22-2019, 05:44 PM
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There was a flex cable in the old iPads that would wiggle loose from routine use and the display would stop working. Apple sure likes those slim cables!


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Problem? Just means you have to visit an Apple store and have it fixed for equal or more than the price of the laptop. Not Apple's problem at all.

When are people gonna stop buying their stuff though, really?

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When my brother worked for Cisco Systems he was given a company MBP against his wishes. Not every person with one of these made the selection themselves.

But yeah their products suck to repair. Stop buying the products and they will be forced to change to regain sales.


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My ASUS laptop with no preinstalled OS lasted from 2006 until 2014 of constant daily use and travel, sure the battery rests in peace but same battery from a different laptop worked fine and those cells survived alright and I still use them as they have barely any capacity loss after a decade. It still works today, the only thing falling apart is the plastic housing/frame cracking at stress points and this happens on all plastic laptops.

I've seen these Apple products, used them, didn't like them one bit every time, always looks like a wanna be cool product with some proprietary Linux/Unix clone and hella weird controls. If it breaks you're buying a new one, why? Because you were rich enough to afford the product first time.
Overpriced garbage, almost all Apple products, from a technical point of view. You're paying for "social status"/bragging rights while giving away your money and most of your freedoms to Apple.
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When my brother worked for Cisco Systems he was given a company MBP against his wishes. Not every person with one of these made the selection themselves.

But yeah their products suck to repair. Stop buying the products and they will be forced to change to regain sales.
Are you serious? You're asking followers of a religion to abandon their faith? You know apostasy is punishable by death in some countries right?

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My ASUS laptop with no preinstalled OS lasted from 2006 until 2014 of constant daily use and travel, sure the battery rests in peace but same battery from a different laptop worked fine and those cells survived alright and I still use them as they have barely any capacity loss after a decade. It still works today, the only thing falling apart is the plastic housing/frame cracking at stress points and this happens on all plastic laptops.
I bought a crappy Compaq laptop for college in 2006, it had an AMD Turion ML-30 single core CPU that ran at a paltry 1.6 GHz. I rocked this thing until 2012 when I finally got fed up with the loading times (it would take ~10 min to boot to desktop, and another 7 min to open Firefox lol) and bought a new laptop. The battery was long gone of course but otherwise it was still chugging along just fine.

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I've seen these Apple products, used them, didn't like them one bit every time, always looks like a wanna be cool product with some proprietary Linux/Unix clone and hella weird controls. If it breaks you're buying a new one, why? Because you were rich enough to afford the product first time.
Overpriced garbage, almost all Apple products, from a technical point of view. You're paying for "social status"/bragging rights while giving away your money and most of your freedoms to Apple.
Heh whenever I see someone whip out a Macbook in a coffee shop, I instantly think to myself "clearly just another idiot who knows nothing about tech and doesn't give the least bit of flying Peking ducks about it". Joke's on them.

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yea i have 2 laptops at least 10 years old that still work to this day.....batteries wont hold a charge very long but hey they still work lol.....show me a apple one that lasts that long


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Beside the article pointing a potential problem and one example, there is nothing about how many people actually had that problem.
And the use of flex cables is not limited to apple. Every thin laptop is using it, and the panel isn't being made by apple even.

This seems like a clickbait article to make hysteria where there isn't one.


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flexible ribbon cables that are pulled tight every time you open the lid on the computer
Come on people, say it with me:

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