03 December 2020
Apple released macOS Big Sur update over the weekend and as we have seen with major upgrades, it is also causing different issues for various users around the world. Some old MacBook Pro model users are now complaining about experiencing a Black screen issue right after installing the latest macOS version.
The issue is said to be affecting late 2013 to mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro models which are the oldest-generation models supported by the update. It is essentially rendering these affected models unusable and into a piece of brick. Even the keyboard shortcut to reset the NVRAM and SMC of MacBook Pro is not doing any good. It is unknown whether being such an old generation has anything to do with the issue.
One of the advanced users managed to get around the issue by opening up the MacBook Pro and removing an IC chip for the HDMI port. This is something we would not suggest you do unless you are absolutely sure what you are doing and what you are getting into. It goes without saying that it is not an ideal workaround for the majority of the users.
Apple is yet to offer an official response on the matter but it has asked one affected user to send his MacBook Pro unit for internal inspection. It seems like we will get a fix in the near future but for now, it is advised that you hold off upgrading to macOS Big Sur until an official fix becomes available.