What is Flexgate Issue? How To Fix With MacBook Pro 2017

Flexgate is the term used to describe a display problem with specific models of MacBook Pro | Air caused by a faulty Flex cable. Don’t worry if you’re experiencing flexgate issues with MacBook Pro! You are not alone. Many Mac users have claimed in the forum that their 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pros manufactured in 2016 and 2017 are experiencing the Flexgate issue.

This issue occurs when the backlight flex cable for the MacBook screen has increased pressure placed upon it when you open your laptop screen up past a certain angle, usually near full opening.

flexgate issue with MacBook Pro

What is this “Flexgate”?

“Flexgate” refers to display backlight issues caused by a fractured display flex cable. This flex cable connects the display to the display’s controller logic board (aka T-CON board). It’s a highly delicate part. It now tends to break over time due to a recent design flaw caused by repeated opening and closing of the lid.

What Models are Affected by the Flexgate issue?

This design flaw primarily afflicts the MacBook Pro 2016 and 2017 models. Both 13-inch and 15-inch models are affected.

  • A1707 – MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016-17, Touch Bar model)
  • A1706 – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016-17, Touch Bar model)
  • A1708 – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016-17, non-Touch Bar model)

Apple made a minor change in the 2018 model to address the flex cable issue. Of course, now these problems are becoming less common. ‍

How much does it cost to repair flexgate on MacBook?

MacBook flexgate repair cost starts from ₹6,999, 3 Months Warranty. We provide  MacBook flexgate repair services at affordable cost. We can fix the MacBook Pro backlight not working problem caused by the Apple flexgate issue on the same day.

Reason Behind MacBook Flexgate Issue?

In 2016, the MacBook Pro line underwent a significant redesign.

The MacBook display controller or logic board was previously tucked inside the hinge cover at the bottom of the display until 2015. Because it was a part of the “lid,” the wire connected to it ran inside the hinge cover and was never moved or disturbed.

Multiple cables are contained within the flex/ribbon. Generally, the backlight gives way first, resulting in various backlight-related faults. The damage is done in stages:

  • The stage light effect appears when the cable has not broken but just some of the connection lines have worn off.
  • The next stage is when the cable is cracked but remains connected while it is loose. When you open the lid, the cable is stretched and the connection breaks. This is symptom #2 wherein the display goes blank when you open the lid beyond the half-way point.
  • The last stage is when the cable is completely fractured. Complete backlight failure leads to a black display.
  • In cases where the graphics related flex cable breaks instead of the backlight cable, the symptom #4 is observed. 

If the display backlight shows vertical bright areas at the bottom of the screen occasionally/consistently or there are large vertical bars on the display or if the display completely stops working, there is a strong chance that your MacBook Pro is affected by the Flexgate problem.

Apple Backlight Repair Program

As is always the case, Apple has taken note of the flexgate issue with the display once it was out in the public and reported by a lot of affected users, and launched the backlight repair program to service the affected notebook free of charge.

Is it possible to repair flexgate issue on MacBook ? 

Well, the cable is integrated into the screen, it cannot be replaced. As a result, the standard resolution is to replace the entire display panel. Contact a MacBook repair center in this case. Lappy Maker is one of the most trusted MacBook repair centers in Delhi-NCR. 

Does MacBook Air also have Flexgate Issue?

The flexgate problem primarily affected MacBook Pro models, but some MacBook Air units were impacted as well. The issue was related to the display’s flex cables, which could wear out and fail over time due to the repetitive opening and closing of the laptop. As a result, users experienced backlight issues, such as Screen Flickering or Dimming display. Apple acknowledged the problem and implemented measures to address it in later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, but if you own an affected MacBook Air, it’s important to contact Lappy Maker and get the resolution at an affordable cost and feel that same user experience back. 

Why choose Lappy Maker for flexgate issue?

If you’re looking for a reliable laptop service center, look no further than Lappy Maker. With our free doorstep service, you can have your laptop repaired without leaving the comfort of your home. But what if you’re dealing with the flexgate issue with MacBook Pro|MacBook Air? While it’s often necessary to replace the entire display panel, there are cases where the flex cable can be repaired as well, depending on the laptop’s condition. Either way, Lappy Maker has you covered with their expert technicians and top-notch repair service. So if you’re facing a Flexgate issue or any other laptop issue, don’t hesitate to turn to the professionals at Lappy Maker.

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