As reported here earlier this week, Apple's newest MacBook Pro laptops had been reported to be having issues with heat throttling with the highest end i9 processors installed.
Apple has now released a statement that explains the problem was actually affecting all of the new devices to some extent, and that the issue was related to a firmware bug. They have released an update that purports to correct the issue.
MacRumors received the following statement from an Apple spokesperson:
Following extensive performance testing under numerous workloads, we've identified that there is a missing digital key in the firmware that impacts the thermal management system and could drive clock speeds down under heavy thermal loads on the new MacBook Pro.
A bug fix is included in today's macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update and is recommended. We apologize to any customer who has experienced less than optimal performance on their new systems.
Customers can expect the new 15-inch MacBook Pro to be up to 70% faster, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to be up to 2X faster, as shown in the performance results on our website.
AppleInsider reports that after testing, the patch "seems to fix most —if not all —of the clock speed excursions that the 15-inch MacBook Pro was experiencing when under load."
Looks like the usual adage of "Get your Mac laptop with the best ram/processor/storage you can afford" is once again viable advice.
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