This post will explain why I will never buy a new Apple Laptop until they fix the hardware cooling issues.
I used to work in retail selling computers and I would go to great lengths to open a desktop computer chassis and talk someone out of buying a cheaper/slower computer (usually when it had a Cyrix Media GX processor in it). I would do myself out of higher commission and burn time educating customers. I have blogged about what to look for when buying a computer (here).
In 2012 I bought my first Apple Mac computer to write iOS apps (write your first OSX app). I would call myself an Apple fanboy (previously being a PC fanboy for 15 years). I have never rebuilt my OSX system in 6 years buy would rebuild Windows every 6 months. Some Apple things I like.
My Mid 2012 Mac Book Pro i7 processor overheats like crazy. I have blogged about my Mid 2012 MPB overheating issues (read here). I have even gone and installed third party software to control the speeds of my Mac’s fans (read here).
Inside my Mid 2012 Mac Book Pro (heatsink and fans at the top)
Stupidly thin heatsink (IMHO).
Complete heatsink (CPU and GPU plate)
I am certain this Mac Book heatsink is too small for the processor and graphics card.
As I type this my Mac Book Pro is Thermal throttling (slowing down the CPU) while typing a blog post (not gaming).
My only option is to crank up the fans to 100% and overrise Apple silence first mantra.
I am currently sitting here at Winter with my MBP 2012 MBP i7 fans running at 100% to try (try) and prevent thermal throtelling killing my productivity. https://t.co/IM6IlnmjC7
— Simon Fearby (Aussie DevSecOps) (@FearbySoftware) July 18, 2018
Intel Power Gadget showing thermal throttling (CPU dropping t0 almost 1Ghz to drop temps).
Move forward to 2018
Today I learned that Apple is putting an Intel i9 Procesor into a laptop, great? Hold onto your cash, that thing will run very hot and will never operate at its maximum potential.
Reviews are scathing.
What a joke, why is @Apple putting an Intel i9 into a stupidly thin Mac Book Pro, my i7 can barely keep cool https://t.co/IM6IlnmjC7
— Simon Fearby (Aussie DevSecOps) (@FearbySoftware) July 13, 2018
Apple’s Website: https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/
What a waste of a good processor.
Below you will see the fallout on YouTube from Apple putting an i9 Processor in the latest 15″ Mac Book Pros.
Dave Lee posted “MacBook Pro 15 (2018) – Beware the Core i9”
TechLinked posted “2018 Macbook ALREADY Overheating?”
AppleInsider – 2018 MacBook Pro i9 Thermal Throttling CONFIRMED!
Best of all, Louis Rossmann summed up the Apple situation perfectly.
Update 25th July
Apple is doubling down on the lack of cooling (calling it a “missing digital key”).
I will #BoycottAppleProMachines
v1.4 Added update 25th July 2018 Missing Digital Key
v1.3 Gizmodo link
v1.2 Test new db server
v1.1 Added Apple Insider video
v1.0 Initial Post