The new Apple Silicon Mac takes advantage of benchmarks and performance thanks to the new ARM-based M1 processor, but Apple’s next-generation hardware is not bulletproof, as some owners have learned. Following reports of new Macs being “built” when you try to reboot back to a clean installation, Bluetooth issues are reported.
Gathered from the relevant Reddit communities, some users who have purchased the new hardware (updated MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac Mini) are experiencing ongoing Bluetooth connectivity issues:
“However, whenever I restart the machine, I can not log in because the keyboard and mouse are not connected. Using the wired keyboard allows me to log in, and then the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse will start working again. ” (Link)
“Losing connection to Apple Magic Trackpad 2 more than 10 times per hour. Also problems with the magic keyboard … that’s not funny. “I switched to an old Apple keyboard with a USB mouse.” (Link)
“My M1 Mini and MacBook Air will not connect my Logitech M720 Triathalon mouse via Bluetooth. It pops up, and I click on ‘connect’ and it keeps flashing between connected and not connected, until it finally comes back to give me ‘connection’ never connects’. (Link).
“I can confirm that I have a bit of a weird connection to Bluetooth, mainly with my magic mouse. The keyboard looks relatively fine (magic keyboard?). (Link).
This will not be the first Mac update to cause Bluetooth issues. Previous macOS updates have caused problems (1, 2, 3, 4). Without a doubt, Apple, as always, will closely monitor crash reports and user feedback. With the first Big Sur update currently in public beta, it is expected that the bluetooth issue will be resolved by the fall of macOS 11.1.
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