(Pocket-lint) – Apple has updated macOS Big Sur to resolve issues with mismatched USB-C hubs.
USB-C was a great thing for Mac and Windows PCs, with the ability to connect data, display and power with a single cable. However, with such a standard there are always bad peripherals and non-compliant USB-C hubs and other devices create problems.
Only in the Pocket-lint team did we have problems with the Mac not charging, the displays empty and the devices not recognized. Some of these problems are related to what Apple might call ‘compatible’ USB-C hubs.
Other users have reported display issues or Macs have not responded. The release notes for the ultra-large 2GB update say:
macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 prevents MacBook Pro (2019 or later) and MacBook Air (2020 or later) from causing damage if they are connected to certain independent USB-C hubs and docking stations that do not comply with the standards.
The term “damaging” is interesting, so I’m guessing Apple has seen an increase in the number of Macs that had to have their hardware replaced as a result of unfortunate third-party additions.
Get the update now by going to System Preferences> Software Update.
Written by Dan Grabham.