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Apple’s new MacBook Pro (2018) suffering from issues with crackling, distorted speakers: Report

The issue comes weeks after Apple acknowledged the throttling issue.

  • Published: August 13, 2018 11:34 AM IST

Looks like Apple is once again in trouble with the latest MacBook Pro (2018) models. Just weeks after the company acknowledged the throttling issue, and fixed it by releasing a patch, Apple users are now reporting about another hardware. This time, it is the speakers, with a number of users taking to Reddit, YouTube and other platforms to demonstrate the issue. 

Both, the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models that were released earlier this year have been running into issues that cause the speakers to crack and distort, even when playing music and videos at low volumes.

Ironically, Apple has been advertising the new MacBook Pro (2018) speakers as the one that takes “listening to new levels with wide dynamic range and more bass for maximum boom.” Apple further highlighted that the speakers are best yet, offering “peak amplification,” thanks to direct connection with power supply.

Now, a source familiar with the matter told The Next Web that Apple is already aware of the problem and it is investigating the same. However, what exactly is causing the problem is unclear. And finding the cause of distortion and crackling seems difficult as it appears randomly – with some users reporting that it happens with certain apps such as iTunes, Apple Music, or GarageBand.

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There are some users who have complained about the issue that happens when watching videos on YouTube, whereas some have reported that it also occurs when running Windows via BootCamp.

Some users have speculated about some possible causes, right from bad audio drivers to radio interference, to problems with Apple’s new T2 chipset. If it is a software related issue, it could be fixed with the upcoming macOS Mojave update, but if it turns out to be another hardware blunder, Apple could be in deep trouble this time around.

  • Published Date: August 13, 2018 11:34 AM IST