If you opened your M1 MacBook Pro or MacBook Air and noticed the screen has randomly cracked, you’re not alone. As first spotted by 9to5Mac, it appears that screen cracks have been appearing for owners of these new laptops. And no, this is not a series of folks who are intentionally breaking their screens. Instead, many of the comments from Reddit and Apple’s Support Communities are stating that these appeared just after normal use.
Here are some of the comments that we have seen so far:
I purchased a m1 Mac air three months ago. Then last Friday I used it, closed the lid, and on Monday I opened the lid again, the screen was cracked. Didn’t touch the computer at all during the weekend. The surface of the screen is smooth but inside seemed cracked. – /u/ZenPhilosophy
I bought a MacBook Air M1 6 months ago and the screen cracked for no apparent reason. I left my computer on the top of my desk during the night and the next day I opened it the screen had 2 small cracks on the right which damaged the functioning of the screen. I contacted an authorized apple center which told me apple warranty would not cover it as it is a contact point crack; as if I have left something the size of a rice berry between the screen and the keyboard. – laura8lx
In most cases, it seems that Apple is offering to repair these cracked screens for free. But that’s not the case for everyone, as some have had to come out of pocket to get the screen replaced.
It’s also unclear what is causing the display of the Mac to crack to begin with. The M1 MacBook Pro and Air both offer the same design as the Intel versions. Plus, in many of these cases the user simply closes the lid and comes back later to a cracked display.
If this continued to be a wide-spread issue, perhaps the best course of action is to be as careful as possible with your MacBook. Maybe we could see some type of formal announcement with recourse from Apple. But that’s unlikely to happen unless the reports continue to grow.
Let us know if you’ve run into any of these issues with your M1 MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.