You might want to avoid Apple’s fancy new macOS Big Sur upgrade if you’re running an older MacBook Pro. Some owners report that the update rendered their machines completely unusable.
The problem seems to be affecting late-2013 and mid-2014 MacBook Pro models. It is believed Apple is aware, but there is no fix just yet.
Big Sur is Apple’s most significant macOS update in years. It introduces redesigned apps, icons and interfaces, as well as big improvements to built-in apps like Messages, Mail, Maps and more.
So, understandably, many of us rushed to install Big Sur as soon as it made its public debut last week. But for a number of MacBook Pro owners, that move has proven to be costly.
macOS Big Sur bricks older MacBook Pro models
Many owners of the late-2013 and mid-2014 MacBook Pro (13-inch) took to online forums over the weekend to report that their machines became unresponsive after attempting to install the macOS Big Sur update.
Affected machines remain stuck on a black screen, and it seems nothing can be done to revive them. Resets, recoveries and other troubleshooting tactics prove unsuccessful so far, frustrated MacBook Pro owners say.
“When I returned the screen was black — no status bar, no nothing, but I could tell the LED was on. Nothing would wake it up,” describes one user on the Apple Support Communities forum. “Now it won’t boot.”
“A word of caution about updating to Big Sur,” writes another on Reddit. “It seems to have bricked my mid-2014 13″ MBP … I’m getting a black screen with backlight when I power on.”
Apple is aware
Some users report that they’ve contacted Apple about the issue. At least one was told they’ll need to book a repair; another reported that the problem has been escalated to Apple’s engineering team.
There appears to be no easy fix for the problem, and Apple has not yet acknowledged it publicly. But if you have a 2013 or 2014 MacBook Pro, we strongly suggest avoiding Big Sur for now.