Apple is as soon as once more releasing an replace to forestall a charging drawback from killing MacBooks — this time it’s to repair an issue the place 2019 and later MacBook Execs, and 2020 and later MacBook Airs have been being broken when linked to third-party USB-C hubs and docks (through MacRumors).
It’s unclear how widespread the problems are, however a ballot on Reddit had 74 out of 221 respondents report that their M1 Air or Professional had failed after utilizing a hub. As with all polls, it’s finest to take the outcomes with a grain of salt, however there’s a sign that some folks have been experiencing points.
Many of the points appeared to return from utilizing a third-party dock, and whereas a few of them appear to be from fairly obscure manufacturers, there are a number of recognizable ones which are reported to have killed laptops. For its half, Apple calls them “non-compliant powered USB-C hubs and docks” within the new replace’s notes.
It looks like Apple has been having some points with energy supply just lately. The final replace, 11.2.1, was launched to repair a problem the place some customers have been unable to re-charge their computer systems in the event that they drained to 0 % battery, it issued a recall for different MacBook Professional batteries that wouldn’t cost previous one %, and one other recall for “a really small quantity” of Apple Watches that wouldn’t cost after an replace. Hopefully that is the final energy bug Apple has to work out.
For those who plug your MacBook right into a dock or hub of any variety, it’s most likely finest to obtain this replace as quickly as you may, particularly if it’s a kind of affected fashions. Oh, and should you see this message, possibly simply ensure you’re plugging it in to an official Apple energy brick whilst you do.