College Students Buy a Mac & get a free iPod nano: “After many complaints from disappointed MacBook users, who bought brand new MacBooks and found– to their dismay– that their brand new MacBooks had begun discolouring at an alarming rate (within 1-3 weeks), it appears that Apple is beginning to replace stained/discoloured MacBook top cases (the plastic covering of the area around the keyboard),” Danielle reports for Cute & Adorable Gadgets.
Danielle reports, “The discolouration ranges in colour (it has been reported normally grey or orange, but sometimes can be pink or even blue). There are several theories to the cause of discolouration, including: ‘Porous plastics used in the MacBook allow tiny skin cells and sweat to accumulate within the microscopic openings, Skin melanin rubbing off and staining surface plastics, Acidic sweat damaging the plastic, or even Chemical reaction between the polymer and skin oils.'”
“A group of MacBook users, who all had discoloured laptops, started a web site called Stained MacBook… It is interesting to note that the last member with this problem recieved her laptop on June 12th. A forum at Apple’s discussion boards hypothesizes that the newer MacBooks are being made with a different type of plastic (they are ‘smoother’ in texture than the older ones, which are compartively ‘rough’). This leads me to believe that Apple has fixed the plastic problem in their assembly lines,” Danielle reports.
“According to the Stained MacBook blog, two members have sucessfully contacted Apple, and the Apple representative said they were now authorized to replace the discoloured/damaged areas of plastic of the top case. A member stated: “I just called up Applecare and informed them of my stain problem. The rep told me that they were aware of the problem and provided me with a case number for a replacement top case,” Danielle reports.
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