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  • Shannon Mcmahon1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Oh... Im thinking of buying one, but I dont want it to turn yellow after a few weeks. Are there problems like this with the black Macbook?
  • meanfish Level 1 (0 points)
    Read the forum above and you'll find out...

    Etiquette, people!

    (To answer your question, no, not in the same sense. People are reporting "smoothing" of the black finish, but not discoloration. Please read before you post next time!)
  • michelb Level 1 (15 points)
    "Smoothing", Kinda like the finish is coming off.


  • Mac'nTosh Level 1 (0 points)
    My macbook is almost a month old (got it in my birthday May 18th) and so far I have no issues with discoloration anywhere. I must say that I'm not a 'heavy' user (I use my G5 most of the time) Although I do notice some 'whining' noise when I rum WinXP. My serial number starts with 4H619... will keep you updated if something comes up (hope it won't)
  • ShepherdH Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a similar problem with my TiBook. The metal around the trackpad has horrible black smudges. I keep my hands clean. AppleCare suggested it was a weird chemical reaction between my unique body chemistry and the metal. Again, they pleaded "cosmetic" and wouldn't replace the plate (which is a lame exception in the warranty, IMO). I hate how it looks. Some others complained about the problem online. Someone in Australia even got Apple to fix his.
  • Yoshi73 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry, answered...
  • Kris Gray Level 1 (20 points)
    Yeah, for reference I've not seen an iBook this skeevy. My iBook has done 3 years hard time, and a Mr Clean eraser removes 'shininess' and greying from the case. The white does sort of dull over time, but not enough for you to notice (unless you get a new battery, and can see old and new plastic side by side).
    I've got a friend who smoked and had a 14". Hers didn't look this bad either....

    I've had cheap white vinyl things develop strange stains in the presence of bleach, oils (sunscreen, in this case) or solvents. Its not uncommon for all sorts of vinyl.

    Apple's obviously changed the type of plastic used, and hopefully they will change the covers of the macbooks affected for cases without this chemical problem. (I think they normally add TiO2 to prevent yellowing but I'm no chemist)

  • Rohit Malhotra Level 1 (15 points)
    Yellow here. Commented on by lots of people, including my wife who thinks its nasty. Serial of 4H62. Any relief from above?
  • Douglas Dielle Level 2 (200 points)
    Looks like Apple is going to have a handful one this one.

    Sigh, the perils of owning inaugural tools...
  • JonBruc Level 2 (200 points)
    Has anyone tried opening the case? If this is heat-related, there should be similar/worse discoloration on the inside of the case, under the palm rests.
    I read may of the posts, but did not see anyone who's gone in looking...
  • PaulNYC Level 1 (105 points)
    I doubt very much that this has anything to do with heat. The palmrests on these things are always cool with occasional warmth but definitely not enough heat to cause any discoloration. Also, plastics take time to get discolored from heat.
  • stauffere Level 1 (0 points)
    Serial: 4H619____
  • angelp Level 1 (15 points)
    I've had mine for three weeks and it looks the same as when I got it. I use it several hours a day as well.
  • Jose M Olaya Level 1 (145 points)
    Can somebody try this to see if it works:

    - Use a Mr Clean Magic Eraser
    - Slightly dampen in Ethanol (pure ethilic alcohol)
    - Rub quite hard on the palmrest

    It did seem to remove a lot of the residue from mine.. can still see a slight shadow but nothing like it used to be.

    A few points

    - I do clean my hands often
    -My MB is 2 weeks old
    - Don't try this with the trackapd button, seems to be made of a slightly different material and it now looks whiter than the rest, like if I had removed the plastic coating. So: only on the palmrests

    Tell me when you've done it. Seemed to help mine
  • ArianBlackthorne Level 1 (10 points)
    I have an intensely defective MacBook with palm rests starting to discolor, serial number is 4H620

    This MacBook is kind of like Christmas, you open it everyday to find a new problem that you didn't expect.
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