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Speaker popping on the 16-inch MacBook Pro is a software issue, fix on the way

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What you need to know

  • Apple has confirmed reports that some MacBook Pro 16-inch speakers may be suffering from popping issues.
  • Apple has confirmed that it is investigating, but that the problem is software-related.
  • It says a fixed is planned in future software updates.

Apple has confirmed previous reports that many Macbook Pro 16-inch users are experiencing popping coming from the laptop's speakers.

Yesterday, December 6, it emerged that many users were complaing of popping and clicking coming from the new MacBook's speakers when skipping and skimming through audio. Now, a memo shared to Apple Authorized Service Providers states that Apple is investigating the problem, but confirmed that it is software related. According to MacRumors it reads:

If a customer hears a popping sound when playback is stopped on their MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)When using Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, QuickTime Player, Music, Movies, or other applications to play audio, users may hear a pop come from the speakers after playback has ended. Apple is investigating the issue. A fix is planned in future software updates. Do not set up service, or replace the user's computer, as this is a software-related issue.

Several users had complained that the MacBook's speakers would pop and click when skipping and skimming through audio, in particular the problem seemed to occur using Final Cut Pro X. Apple notes in its memo that the problem pertains to all apps that require audio playback.

If you've been having this issue, it's a least encouraging to know the problem is not hardware related, and can be fixed by a simple patch to macOS. However, there is no timeline offered, so it's unclear at this stage when exactly we can expect the fix to arrive.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.