When you pay over the top for a laptop you expect it to last more than 3 years, so just imagine how owners of the 2011 MacBook Pro feel that they are having failures? Owners are now demanding that Apple implement a 2011 MacBook Pro replacement program, but as yet the company has failed to comment on the issue.
The problem – Early 2011 models of the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros, have been crashing because of graphics failures, which is said to be related to the AMD GPUs. As far as we know this is the only model affected by this.
Even though Apple has not commented on the issue, some low-key employees do know about the problems, and as a result have been telling disgruntled owners of affected laptops to take them to third-party repairers, which to us does not seem to be the Apple way of doing things.
It would seem that this is not as big of an issue as reported because if it were, then Apple would be forced to initiate some sort of repair program, so surely it is not widespread or does not pose a serious threat to the hardware. Early estimates suggests that one third-party repairer is receiving around ten laptops per week, which in Apple’s eyes is seen as a low number.
How to tell if you have a GPU issue – If the screen on your MacBook Pro goes blank or shows banding, then there is a chance the GPU has a problem, although it is still unknown what triggers the problem in the first place. However, there have been suggestions that watching HD videos or something else that demands a lot from the graphics processor unit could be a contributing factor.
Have you experienced any issues with your 2011 MacBook Pro?