Does your MacBook Pro 2016 sometimes make popping noises like a plastic bottle being slowly squeezed? There appears to be a newly reported problem that some users say comes from the hinge on the MacBook Pro from last year.
While some users are reporting this popping noise when using high-intensity applications like gaming or video streaming, others are hearing it more on the 15-inch variants of MacBook Pro.
One possible explanation, as offered by some users, is that the plastic mount or the hinges are popping when there’s excess heat. Others say they hear the noise when the fan starts up to cool the system. One user was even able to make the sound by pressing right below the Apple logo, towards the hinges.
Unfortunately, Apple is unable to find the cause for this. One user – ACA25 – took his machine into a genius bar:
“I took my laptop in to the genius bar for this popping noise. They said it is caused by this small dent on the bottom casing hitting the fan. They told me I had to replace the entire bottom casing for $130. Not covered under warranty because it’s user inflicted damage / a wearable part.”
Unfortunately for ACA25, the noise did not stop even after the casing was replaced:
“Ya, I just got my macbook pro back, with a brand new (dent free) bottom casing, and it STILL makes the popping noise. Really annoyed that I have to go back to the store to resolve this issue.”
Then, after the second visit, this happened:
“Got the MBP back today. Apparently they replaced both fans and the entire chassis, they also said that they ran the laptop for a bit and no popping noise. No refund because they stand by the dent exacerbating the pop. I take it home, open final cut pro, export a video and the popping sound is still there.”
New reports are now coming out that the noise stops when using a dongle on the MacBook Pro 2016 – even more confusing!
There were a slew of problems in the MacBook Pro that introduced the Touch Bar last year. While other problems, such as battery life and issues with the screen, have been fixed, this new problem doesn’t seem to have a solution yet – or a confirmed cause, for that matter.
Apparently, the sound is only heard when the MacBook Pro is either heating up or cooling down. The likely explanation is a contraction and expansion of plastic components, but until there’s word from Apple about an officially confirmed cause (or causes), we’ll have to wait and see what transpires.
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