Apple tells Authorized Service Providers the MacBook Air with Retina display can have anti-reflective coating issues

Many MacBook models feature an anti-reflective coating on the display, and it turns out that Apple is letting Authorized Service Providers that yet another model could experience some issues with the addition.

According to a report fromĀ MacRumors today, Apple is informing the aforementioned service providers that MacBook Air models equipped with the anti-reflective coating on the display can exhibit issues over time. According to the memo shared by Apple, “Retina displays on some MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro computers can exhibit anti-reflective (AR) coating issues”.

Apple introduced the Retina display into the MacBook Air lineup back in 2018. Each subsequent model, including the brand new variant Apple just launched earlier this month, includes a Retina display. As noted in the original report, Apple has included the MacBook Pro and the now-discontinued MacBook as having these same issues in the past. The inclusion of the MacBook Air with Retina display is new.

Apple acknowledging that the MacBook Air with Retina display has issues with the anti-reflecting coating on the screen is a step in the right direction, especially for anyone who is experiencing the problem. However, at the time of publication, Apple has not actually added the MacBook Air to the list of eligible laptops covered by the company’s free repair program for the issue.

Quick, here’s the list of eligible MacBooks:

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)
  • MacBook (12-inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook (12-inch, Early 2016)
  • MacBook (12-inch, Early 2017)

Apple launched the repair program way back in 2015. However, this isĀ technically an internal repair program as the company has never officially posted the program to its website. That means it’s possible that, even if you bring in a MacBook with this particular issue, it might not be an easy fix.

Still, it might be worth checking out if you do have the issue. Especially if you start to see it creep in with the 2020 MacBook Air.

Have you experienced this issue in the past? If so, were you able to get it fixed without issue? Let us know in the comments below.