updated 11:10 am EST, Fri December 5, 2008
Gray lines on MacBook Air
Owners of some MacBook Airs have been reporting ongoing trouble with their displays, accounts say. The problems began to manifest in early November, and are said to consist of subtle gray or white lines spread across a screen, either horizontally or at a slight angle; the effect is said to give an Air screen the resemblance of paper. The lines also appear on first boot, eliminating the possibility of some later corruption.
No official response to the issue has so far been published, but Air owners do report that Apple engineers -- along with staff from AppleCare and Genius Bars -- are aware of the flaw, and that the issue is being investigated. Suspected causes are varied but currently revolve around either the anti-glare coating on the display or else glitches in NVIDIA's GeForce 9400M chip. NVIDIA has taken considerable flak for graphics problems in the past year, and its chips have most recently been accused of creating errors in the new unibody MacBooks.