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Apple confirms 16-inch MacBook Pro ‘popping’ sound is software issue

It's a software issue, and the company will roll out a patch with a future update.

Apple launched a brand new 16-inch MacBook Pro laptop last month. The device is the successor to the company’s 17-inch MacBook Pro model that was discontinued back in 2012 and it features a magic keyboard with an upgraded scissor design. Now, less than a month after its launch users has started reporting issues with the device’s design.

According to a report by Apple Insider, several users have reported issues with the laptop speakers wherein the speakers make a weird popping sound every time when a user plays an audio clip or a video, or when a stops a user it. Users as per the report have reported similar issues with they skip to another part of an audio or a video clip or when they close a window. The sound made by the 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops is reportedly similar to the sound a speaker makes when the audio levels are extremely high or when a user turns the speaker on or off abruptly.

Another issue that users are reporting pertains to the device’s display wherein the display of the laptop produces a ghosting effect when users scroll through text, The Verge reported. There is an entire thread on MacRumours forum which details the issues being faced by the users.

“When using the launch pad and moving between apps, the display seems to have ghosting – its not smoothly transitioning between each page of apps. Ive noticed the same thing for stuff like text when scrolling, its blurry until you stop still,” a user wrote on MacRumours’ forum. Interesting, there are people who don’t seem to be bothered by the issue.

Apple so far hasn’t commented on the matter though some people believe that it is aware of at least the issues with the 16-inch MacBook Pros’ speaker. If the issue is software related, it is possible that it would be fixed by the iPhone maker in its next software update. However, if it isn’t, which means that if it is a hardware related issues users are out of luck. Under the circumstances Apple could offer a free repair for the affected devices. In any case, we will have to wait and see how Apple decides to react to this situation.

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