Big Sur on MacBook Pros from 2013/2014 - Apple offers support document

How shown on Tuesday, installing macOS Big Sur can wreck the 2013 and 2014 MacBook Pro models. Apple has now addressed this problem and published a corresponding support document. What you need to know and whether it is now safe to try to install the latest Mac operating system on these Apple laptops, I have summarized that for you in this post.

Apple wants to help with a new support document with the black screen error that can occur with 13-inch MacBook Pro models from 2013 and 2014. However, the installation is not yet 100% secure.

Apple wants to help with a new support document with the black screen error that can occur with 13-inch MacBook Pro models from 2013 and 2014. However, the installation is not yet 100% secure.

macOS Big Sur on 13-inch MBPs from 2013 and 2014

As of yesterday, Apple offers in the event that when installing macOS 11.0 Big Sur on the "MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) or MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)“Should problems arise, the support document HT211242 at. This is currently only available in English and it only offers five steps to try. These individual steps do not provide an all-round solution and the fifth step only says that if in doubt, you should contact Apple support:

  1. Press and hold the power button for at least 10 seconds, then release. This will turn off the Mac.
  2. Disconnect all external devices from the Mac (USB devices, mouse, keyboard, printer, etc.) and also unplug external displays or monitors as well memory Cards (SD card).
  3. If the problem persists, perform an SMC reset.
  4. If the problem persists, reset the NVRAM or PRAM.
  5. If none of these solutions work, contact Apple Support.

A guide for SMC, NVRAM and PRAM reset can be found with this link. In the post from 2017 I also put a link to the instructions for the SMC reset on Macs with T2020 chip in 2. The models from 2013 and 2014 do not yet have the security chip.

Now is it safe to install macOS 11.0 on old MacBook Pros?

Apple wants to offer a solution with the instructions translated above, but there is no guarantee that you can use it to fix possible errors. In addition, it is not yet clear whether the risk of scrapped MBPs has been eliminated with the new version of macOS 11.0.1. Until there is a specific announcement from Apple that a new version of Big Sur will no longer lead to the black screen problem, I would forego experiments. Especially if you need your Apple notebook for work or the like. It is better to continue using macOS 10.15 Catalina first.

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