2016 Macbook Pro 15" keeps freezing

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by aaron5566, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. aaron5566 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2012
    Hey guys, been using the 15" with 460 for about a month and a half now. Wonderful machine apart from its' quirks. Lately, it has been freezing to the point where I need to force shut down my laptop. The cursor still moves but nothing responds. I notice this happens after I sleep it and/or playing music in iTunes.

    Does anyone else have this issue? It just stated happening a few days ago. Everything is updated to the latest version.
  2. Aurora Wright macrumors member

    Aurora Wright

    Mar 3, 2016
    It seems there's a MacOS bug with specific SSDs models (?) in the 2016 MBPs.
    I reported it on the Apple support forums:
    At least, I think it's with the SSD since the issue manifests randomly when disk activity is occurring. A simple "killall Dock" from Terminal fixes it. No issues at all on Windows, and I've done disk-intensive stuff there too (like installing Steam games).
  3. curmudgeonette macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2016
    Just had this happen on a 13" demo machine at an Apple Store. I was checking out a 15", while a former co-worker from way back was using the 13". Suddenly, the 13" stopped registering clicks in certain windows. It was still possible to use the menu bar. I think it was even possible to create a new window that accepted clicks, but the dead windows remained unresponsive. In the end, a Restart fixed it.

    BTW, this bug combined with Force Touch is a bad combination! When a click doesn't register, one's instinct is to press harder.
  4. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    which os version? staying put on 10.12.0 on my ntb for this reason, frightened by bugs at this point
  5. Aurora Wright macrumors member

    Aurora Wright

    Mar 3, 2016
    Seems to be a 10.12.2 bug at least.
  6. aaron5566 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2012
    My laptop freezes at least once a day now. Pretty embarrassing when this happens out in public. This didn't use to happen before I updated to 10.12.2.
  7. p3ter185 macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2017
    I have the same issue with my machine. 2016 2.7 Macbook Pro 15. Happens about once a day and I'm going nuts as this is the first time I've ever seen anything like this on a mac.

    I am in the beta OS cycle and running 10.12.3 Beta (16D17a). My opinion would be that a hardware or SSD issue makes more sense as this is too "dramatic" a bug for Apple to let this slip through QA.

    If anyone has exchanged their machine and is no longer seeing the issue, kindly let us know.
  8. martinocando macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2013
    Having exactly the same issue, but only happens every 2 or 3 days, but when it happens, I can still hear notifications running in the background for a while, but keyboard, mouse and touch bar are unresponsive.

    Is there a log file that I can look and see if the problem can be identified? I'd hate to return it, since it took almost two months to arrive, and I have already set it all up neatly. Really don't want to go back to my old MBP. Is there a way is only software related, and will be fixed with an update?
  9. vjobs macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2013
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    There is not such a log file you can look, for consumers at least. Did you already try Apple Diagnostics hardware test? (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202731) If nothing shows up, your MacBook Pro itself will probably be fine. In that case, I'd perform a clean install of Mac OS on the MacBook Pro, since your issue might be software related.
  10. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    This was one of the reasons I returned mine, I'd get this same freeze up my cursor would move too but it wouldn't register any clicks. I had to do a force close and then everything was fine. I was also getting the spinning colored pinwheel but nothing I did would stop the feeeze. I wonder if it is the SSD? I never thought about that, I still don't think Sierra is optimized for the new MBP's.
  11. camhabib macrumors regular

    May 29, 2008
    Have this happen to me way too often. No crash log reported, but usually monitor completely freezes except for the cursor. I also get some very weird behavior with the dock item names (picture bellow). All this seems to happen when switching between discrete and integrated graphics, like when working with an Adobe app or using an external.

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  12. martinocando macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2013
    Just reporting back that 10.12.5 completely fixed by freezing issues. My MBP has been freeze free for two weeks now. Yessss!!!

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