The New macOS Big Sur is Suffering from a Major Problem Where it Bricks Older MacBook Pros as Soon as it is Installed

A few days ago, Apple finally announced its new in-house processors based on ARM’s architecture and three new devices. According to Apple, the new SoC is faster and more efficient than most laptop processors. Head over to the link here for a detailed overview of the M1 reveal. Apple also announced the new iteration of its operating system for Mac computers and laptops called macOS Big Sur, which is macOS Catalina’s direct successor.

The final version of the OS is out now, and it seems it has some stability issues. According to a report from Wccftech, many users who have updated to the new version are reporting that it has bricked their machines. Many users, especially those who have older versions of MacBooks, are reporting that, which means the issue is widespread. Users complain that the computer screen turns black as soon as the update is complete, leaving it unusable.

NVRAM, SMC, safe mode, and internet recovery are some of the macOS recovery methods to revoke OS updates that are not installed correctly. Once the Big Sur update is installed, none of the methods mentioned above work, aggravating the issue. The problem mostly affects the 13-inch MacBook Pros from late-2013 and mid-2014; however, MacBooks released later are also affected. Apple has advised customers who reported the problem to bring their machines in for service.

Since a good amount of mac users have reported about the problem, it appears that Apple too is aware of the problem. Apple may have already started working on a timely solution to the problem. The users who have not updated their systems yet should wait until Apple releases a stable version.

Mohsin Naeem


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