MacBook case cracks

I last posted about my MacBook back in December of 2007 when I had troubles with the Magsafe power adapter. Today I wanted to post about a problem which has been an issue on more than one occasion, and you may have guessed what from the post title.

Since owning my MacBook (which I bought in January of 2007) I have now had my laptop in for repair three times, two of those times were for the case of the MacBook cracking. It seems to be somewhat of a common problem, as a simple search on Flickr shows, and having just recently had it repaired I thought I ought to share my frustration towards the problem.

Those who buy a new all aluminium enclosed MacBook will not face these issues due to the laptops unibody structure, but it’s the old (still available) white models which face the problems, and it seems not much can be done about it. I came to the conclusion it was the magnets in the laptop which made the case to crack, and have often wondered if the magnets could be made weaker, but this of course would then effect the laptops ability to close. When at the Apple store last week I questioned an Apple employee as to what could be done to solve this happening again, and he assured me that the repair would be done using ‘stronger plastic’, now as to whether that is true is down to the test of time so we shall see.

Beyond all of this it is worth noting that despite me being out of warranty Apple did carry out the repair free of charge, and it was all done overnight, free and fast. I have it back now, and the case looks all shiny and new, but how long will it last?


Have you experienced this issue, what have you done to solve it, can you share any handy hints? Do feel free to share in the comment form!


  1. Mine too did the same. I sent it in to my nearest Apple centre and despite being out of warranty they replaced it overnight free of charge- along with new keys and a mousepad.

    It will probably crack again but maybe theres a way of prolonging it… such as a cover or something?

  2. I had some fellow Romanian bloggers tell me something similar. My 4 year old Fujitsu Siemens laptop has 2 cracks on it, but it’s old and it’s been used a lot. And it didn’t cost an arm and a leg as a MacBook.

    I’d like to get me something like this, but I really don’t like these issues you have with it. And support in my country is very bad so I’d end up with a cracked laptop no one is willing to change.

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