First 16-inch MacBook Pro user gripes begin to surface

On the plus side, users are delighted by the new 16-inch MacBook Pro keyboard. (Source: Apple)
On the plus side, users are delighted by the new 16-inch MacBook Pro keyboard. (Source: Apple)
All eyes have been on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro since its launch on November 16 to see if it had addressed the various issues plaguing the line over the past three or four years. Now that it has been in user hands for a few weeks, users have started to report some glitches, but thankfully the keyboard and throttled performance isn’t among the gripes.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

Apple launched the eagerly anticipated 16-inch MacBook Pro in the middle of last month. Hailed by reviewers, including our own, as a return to form for the Cupertino giant it has now been in user hands for a couple of weeks, and some glitches have been noted among the Apple community. Thankfully, mercifully, keyboard woes aren’t among the gripes nor have users reported any CPU throttling issues.

Instead, Apple’s highly regarded new speaker set up in the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is causing users some minor concerns. Appleinsider notes that an intermittent “popping” sound is being emitted from the speakers that is only noticeable after audio playback has been stopped. Happily, Apple’s support team has already responded to customers advising that Apple is aware of the problem and is working on a fix. Annoying, but definitely not a show-stopper.

More troublesome, perhaps, is a “ghosting” effect that has been observed by some users when viewing content on its otherwise dazzling, state-of-the-art LED backlit IPS LCD panel. This apparently is noticeable when scrolling suggesting that it could be a refresh rate glitch, but it is hopefully not a characteristic of the panel. Apple’s iPad Pro models might have 120 Hz ProMotion panels, but this has yet to reach the rest of its product line, including the new MacBook Pro which continues with a 60 Hz refresh rate.

At the time of writing, Apple has responded to the concerns users have noted about the display, but we will update this article should it respond to media inquiries.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-12- 6 (Update: 2019-12- 6)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.