Apple has decided to replace “stained” Retina MacBook Pro displays, issuing a notice to retail stores today. Joe Rossignol, Macrumors:
Apple will replace Retina displays on affected MacBook or MacBook Pro models for free within three years from the date of original purchase, or one year from October 16, 2015, whichever is longer. Affected customers that have already incurred out-of-warranty costs may be eligible for a refund through AppleCare support.
This issue seems to affect first-generation Retina MacBook Pros the most, some of which were purchased a little more than three years ago. It sounds like those who paid for a fix can submit a claim to Apple, provided you paid for your replacement prior to three years from the date of purchase. However, if you have an early-adopter Retina MacBook Pro that’s affected and you’ve been holding out for a proper out-of-warranty replacement program, this sucks. I stand by what I wrote back when this story broke: Apple should suck up the cost of replacing these displays regardless of when the product was purchased.
Update: Per Anthony Reimer, I may have read the above quote wrong:
You’ve got 1 year from now _minimum_ to claim. Longer if your MBP is newer.
So, if you’ve bought your affected MacBook in either the last three years or you submit a claim in the next year, you’ll be fine. Maybe it’s Rossignol’s wording, but this is confusing to me. Apple has posted nothing on their support site as of yet, but keep an eye out or ask your friendly neighbourhood Genius.