Older MacBook Pro Models are Being Bricked by macOS Big Sur Update
Owners of older 13-inch MacBook Pro models are experiencing issues after installing the macOS Big Sur update. A fair number of owners have reported that the update is bricking their device. Based on community forums and Apple Support threads, the issue is mainly affecting late 2013-2014 models.
Many users have been experiencing similar issues after updating to macOS Big Sur. As reported by MacRumors, older MacBook Pro models are now in disrepair. Users are claiming their devices are stuck on a black screen, with no means to advance. NVRAM, SMC, safe mode, key resets, and internet recovery are all inaccessible.
On Reddit, a user opened up a thread to speak about their own experience following the update to Big Sur. This was quickly followed by many others cataloging similar issues. MacRumors has also seen an influx of affected users on their forum reporting similar issues.
An overwhelming number of affected users have reported that they are using late 2013-2014 MacBook Pro models. In some cases, 2015 models have also been affected. While the cases have been widespread it’s certainly not a guarantee that updating to Big Sur on those older models will brick the device.
As for a solution, Apple has not publicly addressed the issue. In response to the Reddit thread, one user has said an Apple Support agent recommended purchasing a new logic board. Although this may not be a practical solution for many, Apple’s teams are aware of the situation.
For the time being, it is suggested to hold off updating to macOS Big Sur if your device is on the older side. Until Apple provides an update on the matter, it is not worth running the risk.