macOS Big Sur Bricks Some Older MacBooks While Installing…. WTF?

If you haven’t updated your Mac to macOS Big Sur yet, you might want to sit on the sidelines for a bit because Engadget is reporting that Apple’s latest and greatest OS is literally bricking older MacBooks:

macOS Big Sur hasn’t been a pleasant update for some users. According to MacRumors, users on Apple’s forums and Reddit are stuck with a black screen when trying to update their late 2013 or mid 2014 13-inch MacBook Pro models to Big Sur. Nothing appears to solve the issue, including shortcuts to reset the NVRAM and SMC.

What’s really bad about this situation is that all these Macs are out of warranty and AppleCare. Which means if you need to get back up and running, affected users may have to buy a new computer, or face costly repairs. And I am going to go out on a limb and say Apple won’t cover either even though this is clearly their fault unless they get sued.

This is a prime reason why you should never dive into a brand new OS and instead wait to see what happens to the “early adopters”. For example, I have not upgraded any of my Macs to Big Sur. And based on this I won’t be anytime soon. Apple hasn’t commented on this, but if this is as wide spread as it appears to be, they’ll have to do something.

If a solution to this appears, I’ll post an update.

One Response to “macOS Big Sur Bricks Some Older MacBooks While Installing…. WTF?”

  1. […] this week, it came to light that the upgrade to macOS Big Sur was bricking some 13″ MacBook Pros. This was a bit of a #Fail for […]

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