What happened this week in tech? We’re in the future! Oct. 21, 2015, was #BacktotheFuture day, the day Marty McFly took his time-traveling Delorean to the future. In actual tech news, #Apple is addressing the “Staingate” controversy offering free replacements for MacBooks or MacBook Pros with Retina Display that show signs of staining on the screen.
Back to the Future Day
A rather big science fiction day came to pass this past week on Oct. 21, 2015. In the beloved movie “Back to the Future 2,” October 21 marks the date that hero Marty McFly takes his time-traveling Delorean to a 1989 cinematic vision of the future. It is a wild world with very intriguing futuristic predictions as to the technological evolution of mainstream America. Among all the science fiction, a few of the tech predictions have proven to be astonishingly accurate! Here are a few of our favorites from IFLScience!’s article detailing what “Back to the Future Part 2” got (close to) right:
Arguably the highlight of “Back to the Future Part 2,” the hoverboard has become a reality several times over in 2015, thanks to Lexus, Hendo Hover and Mr. Hoverboard (to name a few). However, each hoverboard utilizes very different technology to achieve the hovering feat:
- The Lexus Slide uses superconducting magnets cooled by liquid nitrogen to attain its hovering power, but with the caveat that a custom-built magnetic track is necessary.
- The Hendo Hover hoverboard similarly requires a copper skate park, but its levitation results from a series of conductors and electromagnets.
- Mr. Hoverboard, the most D.I.Y. of the three hoverboard options, lifts its rider off the ground via leaf blowers. Mr. Hoverboard certainly won’t win many style points, but who cares about style when you’re hovering around?
We all remember the nifty Nike Mag’s that tied themselves in “Back to the Future Part 2,” right? Nike clearly wasn’t going to miss out on an opportunity to prove they are a brand that is very much at the forefront of shoe technology in 2015. You might need to wait until 2016 to purchase the Nike Mag’s, but watch Michael J. Fox rock them in the below video, showing that self-tying shoes are very much a real thing in 2015!
Sadly, holograms are not littered everywhere as they were in Marty McFly’s fictional 2015. Good news though; holograms are very real in the modern day, and arguably even more advanced than the “Back to the Future” versions.
Digital Nature Group is a pioneering company in the hologram technology field that is going above and beyond mere holographic projection. Rather, they are working on holograms that we can touch and feel. Using a series of lasers to ionize particles, Digital Nature Group’s holograms generate a plasma that emits light and is suspended in the air for interaction with anything it touches. We thought the Tupac Shakur hologram at Coachella was cool, but holograms that can be touched and felt? What a time to be alive!
Do you own a MacBook or MacBook Pro with Retina Display? Does your screen have any odd stains or discolorations? If you answered yes to both questions, then you might qualify for a screen replacement from Apple.
This week, Mashable brought to our attention the quietly and recently launched program by Apple to address “Staingate” concerns about display stains on MacBooks or MacBook Pros with Retina Display. These stains are apparently the result of the anti-reflective coating on displays wearing off or delaminating. The issue can begin as early as seven months after purchase and shows either as small spots or large patches on the screen’s edges and/or across the middle (see the photo above).
If you purchased your MacBook or MacBook Pro with Retina Display within the last year, dating either one year back from October 16, 2015 or three years from date of purchase, you are eligible for a screen replacement. To formally determine if your device does qualify for a replacement, please contact a Genius Bar at a local Apple store or an authorized Apple service provider.
Also, if your MacBook or MacBook Pro screen is safe and sound, kudos! But we have to ask – is that because you have one of Moshi’s iVisor screen protectors on it?