Apple is once again releasing an replace to forestall a charging downside from killing MacBooks — this time it’s to repair an issue the place 2019 and later MacBook Professionals, and 2020 and later MacBook Airs had been being broken when related to third-party USB-C hubs and docks (via MacRumors).
It’s unclear how widespread the problems are, however a poll 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 had been experiencing points.
A lot 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 just a few recognizable ones which can be 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 not too long ago. The final replace, 11.2.1, was launched to repair a difficulty the place some users were unable to re-charge their computers if they drained to 0 percent battery, it issued a recall for different MacBook Professional batteries that wouldn’t cost previous one p.c, and another 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.
In the event you plug your MacBook right into a dock or hub of any form, it’s most likely finest to obtain this replace as quickly as you’ll be able to, particularly if it’s a kind of affected fashions. Oh, and in case you see this message, possibly simply ensure you’re plugging it in to an official Apple energy brick when you do.