People Keep Finding Coins In Their MacBooks And Nobody Knows Why

Look, I love my Macbook, but Apple's products are often (rightly) criticised for being too expensive. We finally have an explanation for the huge price gouge customers have come to expect: They're made with literal money!

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Earlier this week, an Imgur user named Greatease uploaded some photos that explain the key difference between an Apple SuperDrive and a run-of-the-mill optical drive. Namely that his or her SuperDrive had a US penny wedged underneath the plastic cover.

As an isolated incident, finding money crammed into a rapidly-spinning computer part is strange. Did it fall in? Is it serving some crucial operational purpose? The thing is, Greatease is far from the only person to discover loose change in their optical drive.

Stretching all the way back to 2010, Gizmodo was able to find video of a MacBook user who discovered a quarter in his SuperDrive. The 40-second video, uploaded by one Greg Kilpatrick, is captioned "Quarter found inside Macbook Pro -- AppleCare does know why it's there...Anyone else know?" Sure, "does" could be a simple typo. Or part of a wide-ranging conspiracy.

Two of the four commenters on Kilpatrick's video claim they have had similar experiences.

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Later that year this photo surfaced on Experts Exchange depicting a penny similarly caught beneath the plastic shielding. How could it have gotten there? Truly one of our age's greatest mysteries.

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In 2013, this photo of a pretty messed-up looking Canadian quarter trapped inside a SuperDrive was posted to Mac Rumours by user Unplottable. He or she claims the 2011 MacBook was purchased directly from an Apple Store in Montreal.

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The above photo was posted about three years ago from Redditor Ianlafo. Different laptop. Same weird trapped coin -- and always right above the spindle. How deep does this conspiracy go, Apple? Tell us.

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And earlier this year, from Redditor eddie360 -- fittingly posted to r/techsupportgore -- which again ticks off all the hallmarks of this bizarre phenomenon.

How does this keep happening across multiple Macbook models (and with several different kinds of currency)?

Some speculated that a loose coin in a bag or backpack might have wedged itself in there, perhaps first entering the laptop's guts through the disk slot. But as Ianlafo pointed out, "the plastic is sealed on all four edges to the superdrive with a pretty strong adhesive." Hm. Is Apple putting coins in our SuperDrives on purpose? I think Apple is putting change in our SuperDrives. Apple, why on Earth are you doing that?

There's no knowing how prevalent of an issue this is since most people rarely (if ever) open up their machines to do maintenance, farming that sort of thing out to AppleCare or similar tech help cabals. I could be anywhere from one to 25 cents richer right now and not even know it, because nothing sounds less appealing to me than opening up this sluggish old laptop to gaze upon half a decade of dust.

We've reached out to Apple to see if this conspiracy goes all the way to the top. In the meantime, grab a screwdriver and let us know in comments if you've found money in any of your gadgets!



    In a word, fake!

      What country minted the coins?

      A US penny insidea laptop that's assembled in a country other than the US? What makes you think it's fake?

    There's most probably a vibration in the hard drive and this was the cheapest way to fix it.

    Perhaps it's a luck thing, like how wallets always come with a coin stashed away in them somewhere.

      What? I've purchased heaps of wallets over the last 23 years, and none of them came with free cash. Is it an American thing?

        No, my mum always taught me that you put silver in a wallet (coins) when you gift it.

        It's a pretty universal thing. It's usually just 1 cent or whatever small currency for the country it was made in.

          I've never bought a wallet that had a coin it it. Or anything besides a cardboard cutout for a 'card'.

            They're often quite well hidden or tucked away in the leather folds. I've found one in every wallet I've ever owned. First time I ever saw a Hong Kong cent was a wallet coin.

    Well I can tell you from working in an Apple repair centre in qld with a now, I'm so happy to say DEFUNCT Apple reseller that coins and all sort of things get inside the apple super drives. Mostly it would occur putting the laptop into a bag with the drive facing downwards. The laptop bag maker STM used to have a number of bags in that style that we used to sell in the hundreds to all sort of was very common to see this issue. Especially in schools. Also it was very common on the old iMacs with the SuperDrive and SD CARD beside each other to drop the SD CARD into the super drive slot. They used to charge about 200 to retrieve fro the bottom of the iMac casing. I saw half a paddle pop stick once myself. Also tons of the mini cd's that business's used to give out at conferences to PC users. FUN TIMES

      so what your saying is the coins work their way thru a sealed plastic component via a small gap, to place themselves in almost the same exact spot each time. that this is coincidental happenstance that all the above examples show the coin in almost the exact spot. OK in that case, i do have a small bridge in sydney that i can sell you cheap!!!

        If you read it again you will see that willic is describing a different issue to what this article is about, he probably read the title but not the rest. But then you didn't read his response properly either so make of that what you will.

          I did read the article. I was Just trying to put clarity and context into it. Also the Superdrive is NOT connected to the edge of the slot in the casing made of aluminium and there is a slight gap, so anything can slide in at the write angle when placing the computer into a bag.

            Fair enough, though I thought these coins are under the sealed plastic rather than just stuck.
            You seemed to be referring to coins and other stuff that can get into a Macbook, but of you believe they can work their way under the plastic then i'll take your word for it..
            Either way I was defending you against 'yeah right' who implied you were some sort of idiot.
            But I'm happy to retract that if you would like.....

              Thanks ionchef I was wrong to treat you like that ...peace!:)

        Well I can tell you once the coin gets in it rubs against the plastic strip over the superdrive and works it loose (the plastic), it only has a very fine piece of sticky stuff holding it down. Once dust gets through the CD slot, which it can, even though there is a piece of felt to assist the CD carefully entering the slot. Im telling you it works it's way in to the drive. It really not that hard. I promise.

    If I'd have to guess I'd say it's either to do with balancing the drive, or acting as small shim to prevention motion when a component is slightly out of spec.

    Could be due to the fact that cost of materials used in a penny are almost two pennies.

    Obviously this was done by musicians

    "where's the coin? It's not in my hand. Have a look in your macbook"

      Musicians are talented that way. I once saw a Musician make a whole orchestra disappear before my eyes.

        I really should fix the typo but... eh. Instead I think I'll just spend the rest of my life convincing Musician's that they should do magic.

        Must have been a shocker piece to make a whole orchestra walk out, or the fire evacuation sirens came on.

        A musician was walking down Oxford Street in Sydney and "turned" into a bar, then "disappeared" with a poof!

        Totally un-PC joke for the current times, but it was hilarious when a workmate first told it to me back in 2001, hand actions and all...

          A musician was walking down Oxford Street in Sydney and turned into a bar except the bar had gone out of business due to lockout laws and he himself was out of work as all the old venues he used to play at were closing down.

          The modern edition.

            They've done a great job of ruining Sydney...

            Best magic trick ever.

    Most likely a convenient anti-vibration method or for sound altering.
    Coins have been used all different kinds of things as its cheap, effective and efficient to use.

    Sounds like a question for Louis Rossman. Giz should ask him. Hes the unauthorised guru of fixing apple products. Youtube channel is huge.

      Louis is awesome. It's so relaxing to watch one of his streams of him repairing Apple shit & criticising it. I loved it when he called Linus Sebastian out on the baking a dead GPU to have the solder flow & reset it to make it work again, & then invited Linus to come down to his workshop in NYC to show him how it was really done heh.

    They do just work their way in there. I replaced the drive in my daughter's computer when it failed, and it did not have a coin in the replacement drive. About 2 years later she wanted to swap the superdrive out and fit a second hard disc in the space freed up. The superdrive upon removal had a 5c coin in that spot. The plastic still looked sealed, but they must work their way in there.

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