My mid-2012 MacBook Air has a spot on the bottom plate. The computer has never been dropped. Does anyone have any idea what could cause this?

Wear Spot

  • It could be a bad battery cell that has expanded and pushed the bottom of the case out just enough to scrape. – Dillon Aug 14 '14 at 14:29

I took the computer in to Apple, and they determined that the spot was the result of a bulge caused by a piece of foam on the speaker. They told me that the foam and its attached components were the wrong parts.


Is that circle actually there in real life, or did you add that to highlight the mark? The scratch could be caused by something as simple as some grit on a table. The feet on the air doesn't keep it very far off a surface, so just sliding the laptop with some grit could do that.

  • The circle is part of the wear. – Alex Volpe Aug 17 '14 at 21:35

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