The new Apple Silicon Macs are taking a lead in benchmarks and performance thanks to the new ARM-based M1 processor, but Apple’s next-generation of hardware is not bullet-proof, as some owners are finding out. Following on from reports of the new Macs ‘bricking’ themselves when attempting to restart back to a clean install, issues around bluetooth are being reported.
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Picked up by the respective Reddit communities, some users who have purchased the new hardware (the updated MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac Mini machines) are experiencing ongoing bluetooth connectivity issues:
"However any time I reboot the machine, I can't log in because the keyboard and mouse are not connected. Using the wired keyboard lets me log in, and then the bluetooth keyboard and mouse start working again.” (Link)
“Losing connection to Apple Magic Trackpad 2 more than 10 times per hour. Also problems with the Magic Keyboard... that is not funny. I changed to an old Apple keyboard an mouse via USB.” (Link)
"My M1 Mini and MacBook Air won't connect my Logitech M720 Triathalon mouse via bluetooth. It shows up, and I click connect, and it keeps flashing between connected and not connected until it finally just goes back to giving me the "connect" button. It never actually connects.” (Link).
“Can confirm that I'm also getting quite a bit of weirdness in the bluetooth connection, mostly with my Magic Mouse. The keyboard seems relatively okay (magic keyboard?). (Link).
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This would not be the first update to a Mac that has caused issues with bluetooth. Previous updates to macOS have triggered issues (1, 2, 3, 4). No doubt Apple will, as always, be keeping a close eye on crash reports and user feedback. With the first update to Big Sur currently in public beta, the expectation is that the bluetooth issue will be addressed in the bump up to macOS 11.1.