A Bunch of Sour Apples Stem from 2011 MacBook Pro Glitch
Gather up your digital pitchforks. Some owners of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) early 2011 MacBook Pros are experiencing graphic processing failures, and they are not happy. Using the Internet to take up arms and find allies, the “2011 MacBook Pro and Discrete Graphics Card” thread on the Apple Support Community Site currently has more than 400 replies, stretching across 32 pages.
The thread was started in February, but a quick glance over its contents will tell you that Apple has been less than helpful. On Monday, Apple Insider summarized the problems owners are experiencing and posting about. To understand what users are confronted with, a little background information on the technical side is necessary.
In 2010, Apple began using an automatic graphics switching system. The system evaluates a user’s actions to determine whether it should be processing with its integrated Intel chip or a discrete graphics processing unit (also referred to as a GPU). PCWorld‘s 2010 review of the new system in the MacBook Pro included information on this new system and how it differed from previous models.