Hairline MacBook cracks appearing

Hairline MacBook cracks appearing

Summary: I received this photo from a reader concerned about the appearance of hairline cracks around the edge of the case near the hinge.

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MacBook cracksI received this photo from a reader concerned about the appearance of hairline cracks around the edge of the case near the hinge.

How many of us honestly look at the back of our laptops? Well I did tonight and what do I see- stress cracks around the hinges, around the vents, and all along the back edge! Just look at the pictures! I'm never rough with my MacBook. It lives inside a messenger bag with a suede interior, and if it's not there, it's on my desk.

Apple is going to cover it, since the machine is only 7 months old. I'm getting a new bottom casing and LCD bezel. I'm interested to hear if anyone else has experienced this problem, and if Apple did in fact repair it.

Hopefully I'll get it back soon. I've been blogging on a PowerBook 3400 and it's slower than molasses! 

Have you seen anything like this on yours?

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  • Another superior product from Apple.

    I can't wait for the commercial!

    PC: What's the maater Mac?

    Mac: I have to go in for major surgery.

    PC: What happened?

    Mac: I'm breaking up and need a new case.

    PC: Sorry to hear that.
    ShadeTree
    • apple commercial

      no no no... this won't do. you haven't use it to the full potential. Let me try rewriting this.

      PC: what's the maater Mac?

      Mac: I have to go in for major surger.

      PC: What happened?

      Mac: My heinie, where the vents are, is cracking up.

      PC: Lots of hot air comes out that place... You better get it fixed up soon.

      okay, maybe I failed at rewriting this, but you get the idea. ;)
      willyu
      • All I can say is Touch? ;)

        nt
        klumper
    • Another piece of garbage. Why is their fanbase so willfully obtuse?

      Don't they see all the ways they've been betrayed?

      I wouldn't pay the money Apple wants for their underpowered fluff.

      Again, they used to be worthy. But the mid-late '90s started the downward trend and their switch to Intel kinda closed the deal. Especially when hyping Motorola's processor until almost the very day and then all of a sudden it's Intel that's infinitely faster. I wouldn't trust them... (then they have those patronizing, inaccurate ads that would take anybody less than 5 minutes to expose as misadvertising.)

      In short, Apple's become a joke and there are many tangents I could continue on... of course, they started out by "pulling a Microsoft" and copying Xerox's GUI and mouse technology...
      HypnoToad72
      • fulla more crap

        ...than a Christmas turkey!

        Since 2001, Apple has made a dramatic turnaround. Don't you bother reading any of the tech mags anymore?

        This is a company that's doubled their market share in the last year, the joke's on you!
        rwahrens1952
        • not me, thanks

          I don't know about you, but there's definitely no crap in my Christmas turkey. Thanksgiving either.

          But then you Mac types always were a bit alternative... no telling what you'll eat.
          shraven
          • No,

            you guys just swallow Microsoft's FUD whole. There's a lot less nutrition in that!
            rwahrens1952
      • Why not

        Because they still get a superior product. And when something goes wrong, it gets
        fixed. Just like with these cracks. You don't stop buying any other pc companies
        product because something went a little wrong. You stop buying pcs altogother when
        you realize that there much better options out there. Apple is one of them. Pen and
        paper is the other.
        ethman42
  • Another one for the list over at appledefects.com

    Even the Macs themselves are cracking up...

    What hope do the cultists have!
    Scrat
    • i hadn't seen that site

      thanks for the link
      jjarman
  • yeah, sure...

    ...ONE MacBook means it all falling apart. Let's wait for others to come out too. If all we see are a couple dozen out of the tens of thousands sold so far, there's not much to worry about.

    (Of course, if MINE shows those cracks, I'll certainly scream to high heaven! Jeeze! NOT... That's what warranties are for.)
    rwahrens1952
    • If you read the article you would know ....

      ... that after receiving a photograph of the problem the author checked his and found the same issue. That means there is more then one. Unless of course you are Tic in which case you'll have to see the cracks yourself before you believe it.
      ShadeTree
      • I think you're misreading...

        the post. The part with the gray line to the left is the message that Jason received with the picture, I believe.
        msalzberg
      • I believe it

        The person making the claim supplied pictures as evidence. More than you can say for your buddies Maynor, Ellch, Ou and Krebs.
        tic swayback
      • Even then that would be

        insufficient. The cracks could have been "planted" by the nefarious users with malice. <br>
        I think only an official word from Apple will clear this up for the cultists.
        xuniL_z
        • As a kind and trusting soul...

          ...I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. At no time did they threaten to jab me in the eye with a cigarette, so I'll cut them some slack.

          Given Apple's history of materials problems (Cube cracks, TiBook hinges, discoloration of iBooks, scratching of early Nanos), this would not be a surprising development.
          tic swayback
          • As a kind and trusting soul

            Please. I've never seen any evidence that supports a statement like that. <br>
            <br>
            <i> believe in the scientific method and the empirical testing of phenomena. I believe in backing up statements with factual evidence. It's a huge burden I must carry, as part of the "reality-based community", but I will shoulder that cross for you.
            </i><br><br>
            your use of the word "soul" is confusing here. It's normally meant to mean that part of us that is not organic. Since there is no scientific method or factual evidence to support the existence of a "soul", i find it very odd choice of words for you. Perhaps you should stick to "I'm a trusting human". In fact, drop the kind and trusting part, as an purely organic creature could have no ability to demonstrate either of those characteristics as they are not based on scientific data nor are part of the "reality based community". To be kind and to trust requires something beyond organic material and there is no evidence to back it's possible in a being w/o something we don't understand, such as a soul.
            xuniL_z
          • Calm down there sparky

            ---your use of the word "soul" is confusing here---

            It shouldn't be.
            http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=soul
            soul
            Pronunciation: 'sOl
            Function: noun
            6 : PERSON <not a soul in sight>
            tic swayback
          • Always calm, Slick

            Don't bother explaining how an organic creature like yourself can claim to kindness and trust without a more logical and data backed explanation. A few pics on the internet hardly seem like solid evidence for the reality based community.
            <br><br>
            <i>I don't have a lot of respect for arguments that are based on throwing out the facts because one doesn't like them or agree with them. The facts are the facts. One can still justify going against them, no problem. But one should never ignore them. Do that and you end up a Creationist.
            </i><br><br>
            I don't have any respect for people who make prejudiced assertions with no facts to back it up, only theory. <br>
            Also, your repeated claims of "throwing out the facts" were also based on flawed but intentional efforts to discredit my character and intelligence. <br>
            I find you to be disengenuous and pompous at the same time.
            xuniL_z
          • Who peed in your cornflakes today?

            My, aren't we touchy? Having a rough weekend?

            ---Don't bother explaining how an organic creature like yourself can claim to kindness and trust without a more logical and data backed explanation---

            Please explain how following a logical system of thought and demanding data is somehow incompatible with kindness and trust? My trust must be earned, my kindness is here on display every time I respond to you.

            ---I don't have any respect for people who make prejudiced assertions with no facts to back it up, only theory. ---

            Photographs aren't theory.

            ---I find you to be disengenuous and pompous at the same time.---

            Thanks. I find you to be a sad little person who put far too much emphasis on a computer OS in determining his own self-worth.
            tic swayback