New macOS Big Sur Update is Bricking Older MacBook Pro Models

MacOS Big Sur has been available for a few days, but we have started to hear some of the problems users are facing with the latest macOS firmware. Now, Mac owners on Apple’s forums and Reddit are reporting that macOS Big Sur update is bricking older MacBook Pro models. Read on to know more about this new macOS issue and what might cause this.

New macOS Big Sur Update Issue

macOS Big Sur has already had update issues since the first day it’s launch

Mac users around the globe are reporting that their Macs are having a black screen issue while trying to update to macOS Big Sur. Some of them also suggested possible fixes for the problem:

  • Key reset combinations
  • SMC and PRAM/NVRAM Reset
  • Safe mode
  • Internet recovery

Unfortunately, they reported that none of the above methods worked. To justify their claims, we tried performing a PRAM/NVRAM reset on an affected MacBook Air, but this did not work either. We recommend you wait for a fix from Apple. The Cupertino firm is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.

Which MacBook Pro Models are Affected?

macOS Big Sur Update is Bricking Older MacBook

It appears that 13-inch MacBook Pro models (late 2013 and mid-2014) are affected by the issue. Keep in mind that they are the oldest MacBook models running ‌macOS Big Sur‌, according to Apple. The problem might be with outdated hardware that prevents macOS Big Sur from working properly.

In a recent report from an engineer, the issue popped up after removing an IC chip for the HDMI port. However, there is no specific evidence to sustain the claim. On top of that, there is still no word on whether this macOS Big Sur update error affects every Mac model.

Until now, Apple’s engineering team is working on a fix and they recommend affected users send their laptops in for service, suggesting the error is widespread.

Reddit user said that they’re told to book their MacBook Pro in for a repair by Apple support

So, our advice here is to hold off on updating if you’re using an older MacBook Pro, especially the late 2013 and mid-2014 13-inch model. If you are now affected by the problem, then take it to a near Apple Service Center.

Read more: 13-inch MacBook Pro vs 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Are you experiencing the problem with your MacBook Pro? Let us know in the comments!

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