The 2018 MacBook Pro is the subject of yet another controversy, this time over the T2 chip residing inside it. Some users are accusing the chipset of causing kernel panics.
A kernel panic is basically the macOS version of a Windows Blue Screen of Death. It’s basically a safety measure taken by the OS’s kernel when it notices an internal error. It seems iMac Pro owners have been facing this issue since late last year when the device first became available. Now it’s the 2018 MacBook Pro’s turn.
Apple T2 Chip Flaw
Users are taking to Apple’s community forums, MacRumors forums, and various other corners of the internet to complain about kernel panics, with some claiming it can happen multiple times a day. Many have pieced together that the fault may lie with Bridge OS.
Bridge OS is the software behind Apple’s T2 security chip. The latter handles functions like secure boot, storage encryption, and Hey Siri support. Something seems to be going wrong with the chipset, but the problem varies widely from person to person.
Apple appears to be aware of the matter and might even be working on a fix. One particular user says they saw fewer kernel panics when the company updated the Kernel Version 17.4.0 recently. The problem was still occurring though, so the issue hasn’t been completely fixed yet.
Meanwhile, folks have begun coming up with solutions of their own. As reported by Digital Trends, one person switched off the T2 chip and didn’t experience any Bridge OS-related problems after that. Another made a backup, booted into recovery mode, formatted the system disk, and then restored the backup to tackle the issue.
Apple itself has replaced 2018 MacBook Pros and iMac Pros facing the issue, but the problems still continued in most cases. It could just be a deeply-rooted software issue that needs fixing. The company’s support staff has suggested wiping and reinstalling macOS, disabling FileVault, and disabling Power Nap as a fix.