Apple fails to get ‘stage lighting’ MacBook Pro suit dismissed

A judge has reduced the scope of a class action lawsuit concerning Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro display issues, but denies the company’s move to dismiss the case.

Close up of the cable at the center of the caseClose up of the cable at the center of the case

Apple’s 2016 15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro design featured a thin flex cable linking the display. Opening and closing the MacBook Pro put stress on the cable and some users found it tore, leading to what was called a “stage light” effect with the backlighting being damaged. While Apple changed its design to remove the issue, and also launched a repair program, it was still hit by a class action suit filed in May 2020.

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