Bricking some older MacBook Pro models with the macOS Big Sur Update. A significant number of 13-inch MacBook Pro owners at the end of 2013 and mid-2014 complain that their computers are being bricked by the macOS Big Sur update. A forum thread for MacRumors includes a large number of users reporting the problem, and similar issues are documented across Reddit and the Apple Support Forums, indicating that the issue is widespread.
Bricking some older MacBook Pro models with the macOS Big Sur Update
Users complain that their computers are stuck showing a black screen during the course of upgrading to ‘macOS Big Sur.’ After attempting to install the update, key reset combinations, including NVRAM, SMC, safe mode, and internet recovery, are reportedly all unavailable, leaving no way to circumvent the static black screen.
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It seems that the vast majority of users reporting issues are owners of the 13-inch MacBook Pro at the end of 2013 and mid-2014, although it is unknown precisely how many users have been impacted by these versions. It is also important to remember that these are the oldest versions sponsored by Big Sur macOS.
One Reddit commenter said that Apple support had told them to book their MacBook Pro for a repair. Another on an Apple Support thread said that the problem has been escalated to the engineering team of Apple, so Apple should be aware of the issue now.
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Until it is clear what may cause the problem and Apple releases a patch, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will want to hold off on installing times in the future macOS Big Sur problems must be addressed at the end of 2013 and mid-2014.