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Big Sur Bricking MacBook Pros

Hartley Charlton (tweet, Hacker News):

A large number of late 2013 and mid 2014 13-inch MacBook Pro owners are reporting that the macOS Big Sur update is bricking their machines. A MacRumors forum thread contains a significant number of users reporting the issue, and similar problems are being reported across Reddit and the Apple Support Communities, suggesting the problem is widespread.

Chris Eidhof:

I tried a number of the things that were advised below, but so far, none worked. I’ll try an install from USB next, I guess. It won’t be the end of the world if my data on this machine is lost, but still… makes me sad for my non-developers friends who have to deal with this.

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this is machine is only 2 years old I think.

Previously:

Update (2020-11-17): Becky Hansmeyer:

I still get emails from my college (because I used to work there and they didn’t take me off the mailing list). Got this one from the Help Desk today about Big Sur. 😳

Pol23 (via Hacker News):

Then I closed the screen but the black light was still illuminating the apple on the back of my 2014 13' MBP. I opened it back up andpowered it down. Then tried restareing but got nothing but the black screen, no apple logo..

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All of that lead to nothing. Genius Bar Reservations are hard to obtain during covid times.

Update (2020-11-20): Mr. Macintosh (also: MacRumors):

macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 (20B50) is Live

The only change?

The 2013-14 13" MacBook Pro’s have been removed from the Big Sur Installer compatibility list

Owners complained that the upgrade caused their Mac to boot to an unrecoverable black screen

Juli Clover:

Apple has now addressed this issue in a new support document that provides instructions on what to do if macOS Big Sur can’t be installed on a 2013 or 2014 MacBook Pro machine. Apple suggests Mac owners experiencing these issues unplug external devices, attempt restarting, reset the SMC, and reset NVRAM or PRAM.

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To be safe, those with older MacBook Pro models from 2013 or 2014 should avoid installing the macOS Big Sur update at this time until a more definitive fix becomes available.

2 Comments

I held off upgrading to Catalina. Now I'm wondering if I should I should stick with Mojave on my late 2013 mbp until Apple releases a M1 mbp that can power two external monitors.

Is there something that went well with the release of Big Sur?

- 3rd party developers were given a 2-day notice for the release date.
- the final release is not 11.0.
- the day of the release, the Apple servers did not work well
- some supported devices are getting bricked
- there are holes in the wall.
- Big Sur UI and UX are not that well received.

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