MacBook Pro (2021) Models Having Issues With Some SD Cards, Users Complain

Apple is yet to acknowledge the problems reported by some MacBook Pro (2021) users on the Web.

MacBook Pro (2021) Models Having Issues With Some SD Cards, Users Complain

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MacBook Pro (2021) models have SD card readers as one of the key features

Highlights
  • MacBook Pro (2021) users have complained about SD card issues
  • In some cases, users are facing slow speeds with SD cards
  • MacBook Pro (2021) models are crashing with SD cards in some instances

MacBook Pro (2021) models are not working properly with some SD cards, according to user complaints surfaced online. Users report that they are facing slow transfer speeds and even inaccessibility when they try to use SD cards with both the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The comeback of SD card support was one of the key highlights of the new MacBook Pro models at the time of their launch earlier this year. It was aimed at attracting professionals including video editors and photographers.

Initially brought into notice by MacRumors, multiple complaints available on the Web suggest that a large number of users on the new MacBook Pro are facing issues with SD cards. Some users are raising slow transfer speeds as the issues with the 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) and 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021). However, there are also various reports where users have talked about mounting problems and sudden crashes.

The issues don't seem to be limited to any particular SD card or storage variant. The complaints also suggest that the problems are not restricted to a brand.

In some cases, users have reported that they see an error message when they attempt to use an SD card with the new MacBook Pro. Reformatting SD cards also does not help resolve the issues. Similarly, the same format works fine when the users connect their SD cards to the MacBook Pro (2021) models using an external USB Type-C adapter.

Affected users have taken to the Official Apple Support Community site as well as forums including MacRumors. There are also similar complaints on Reddit. A user on Reddit also mentioned that the problems are fixed with macOS Monterey 12.1 beta, but that's not the case for all as another user on the same thread said that the most recent beta release did address the issues.

Some users who reached out to Apple for the fix said that the company is aware of the incompatibility issues, but there is no clarity on when and how a fix will be released. Gadgets 360 has requested Apple to comment on the matter and will update this space when the company responds.

Meanwhile, there is only one workaround and that is to use an external SD card reader with the new MacBook Pro models. This is, of course, not an ideal solution as the MacBook Pro models with the M1 Pro and M1 Max silicon debuted in October to specifically aid professionals with a built-in SDXC card reader and an HDMI port.

Last week, some users with the 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021) also complained about MagSafe 3 charging. The users said that the new model fails to charge after it's shut down. The Apple Support team in that case recommended to an affected user to charge their MacBook Pro while the laptop is in sleep mode and with the lid open.


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  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Excellent, crisp 120Hz display
  • Powerful M1 Pro or M1 Max processor
  • Very good battery life
  • Good speakers and webcam
  • Relatively light and portable
  • Bad
  • Very expensive
  • Notch causes minor software bugs
  • Hardware is not upgradeable
Display size 14.20-inch
Display resolution 3024x1964 pixels
Touchscreen No
Processor Apple M1 Pro
RAM 16GB
OS macOS
SSD 512GB
Weight 1.60 kg
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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips. More
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