Apple is reportedly working on a macOS fix that will rectify a Bluetooth connectivity glitch affecting first-gen Apple Silicon Macs.
Users began reporting the problem when the first Macs powered by Apple’s new M1 chip shipped late last year.
Journalist Ian Bogost, a contributing writer for The Atlantic, wrote on Twitter that the fix is “in progress and forthcoming.”
Solved my M1 Mac Bluetooth issues by plugging in my keyboard and buying a Logitech mouse with its own Bluetooth dongle.
(Apple tells me a MacOS fix is in progress and forthcoming just about anytime. But jeez.)
— Ian Bogost (@ibogost) January 10, 2021
My experience with Mac mini Bluetooth glitch
I own a Mac mini, and I’ve experienced this Bluetooth problem on a semi-regular basis. Bluetooth accessories such as the mouse and keyboard disconnect from the Apple Silicon Mac at random. It is the same as having one of these accessories run out of battery. However, it can take place at any time, regardless of charge.
Charging the device in question does nothing, since the Mac essentially loses the ability to connect with it entirely. In my experience, the only way to get things working again is to carry out a restart.
A fix is on the way
Bogost’s mention that the fix is on the way is good news for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the Bluetooth problem is incredibly annoying. It can render an Apple Silicon Mac useless until you carry out a reset. Given that this problem can take place semi-frequently (I’d say I’ve experienced it about three or four times a month since buying my Mac mini), it’s a pretty big ding against what’s otherwise a great machine.
It’s also promising because it suggests that this is a software — rather than a hardware — problem. That’s good for Apple and, at a time when Apple stores are closed in many places, customers as well.
Have you experienced this problem? Let us know in the comments below.