Released October 24, 2011 / 2.2, 2.4, or 2.5 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 Processor

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LED Back Light failure

three days ago, my screen started to flicker and the bottom of the screen began to dim with gray triangles appearing across the screen. I took this to mean that I was having problems with the LED back light power supply. After 5 minutes, the screen went totally blank. I can barely make out the what is on the screen so the system is still working. Since I bought a service agreement, I called Apple and they immediately sent me a box. I received an email today saying that it would cost almost $1,300 because there is an indicated patch that said that the unit had water damage. That was a surprise to me and additional research has indicated that this marker can turn pink due to moisture in the air. I researched iFixit to see if there is anything part to replace that would fix the backlight but all I seem to find is replacing the display. Is this correct? Thanks for the support.

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Yes moisture/humidity has been known to trigger the moisture indicators. You could ask for a reexamination/consideration if indeed there has never been liquid on the machine (there should be apparent difference between a "moisture" trip and a liquid trip... but that may make no difference to the fine legal print)... however if you do not ask for a review you won't be offered one.

Depending on what part of the backlight is bad (your display is LED backlit... the phosphers are on the display, not a separate tube as in early LCD modles) you may need a display, or, a controller. Both are involved repairs.

If Apple would spec what part(s) they intend to replace you might be able to DIY.

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Thank you MACHEAD, I will be calling them today or Monday to discuss the moisture trip. I believe that it will probably be the controller since I can see the faint screen image which leads me to believe that the power to the LEDS has failed. If things go wrong and I don't want to invest in a DIY repair, I will turn it into a desk unit and apply the repair money to a new IPAD when they come out in November.

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Apple announced an repair program 2/20/15. Go here to check if you qualify: https://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro...

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