Hot on the heels of the last MacBook Pro controversy about overheating concerns — which followed the previous uproar about keyboard issues, which, in turn, followed the original outrage about USB-C ports when the current design was first introduced — is yet another potential issue with Apple’s latest laptops. This time, it’s centered around the T2 chip that enables things like secure boot, better encrypted storage, and “Hey Siri” support.
According to a report from Digital Trends, that chip may also be causing kernel panic crashes on both the recent 2018 MacBook Pros and last year’s iMac Pro, which also features the chip.
The issue seems to be sourced from several threads on Apple’s community discussion forums, which complain of crashes on both T2-equipped computers. It seems that most of the problems are rooted in Bridge OS, the embedded operating system used by the T2 chip, although it’s not entirely clear whether the chip is directly causing the problems.
Going through the various forum threads, users have reported trying solutions like wiping their hard drives and reinstalling macOS, restoring from Time Machine backups, avoiding peripheral use, exchanging their computers, and more to no avail, which is leading to speculation that the problem is more deeply rooted in the system.
Apple has yet to address the Bridge OS issues, and the company did not response to a request for comment by the time of publication.