Long list of issues with rMBP 13 (Late 2012) - normal?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AlBDamned, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. AlBDamned macrumors 68030


    Mar 14, 2005
    Hi all,

    Wow, not posted on here for a while! :)

    However, I would like to hear from some other members regarding their experience with the 13-inch rMBP (Late 2012).

    My company bought three of these machines with the 2.9GHz processor upgrade. Two of us were coming from 13-inch MacBook Pros, one from a 13-inch Air. We also bought two more Airs at the same time.

    So far, we have had so many problems with the 13-inch rMBPs, I've booked in to the genius bar this afternoon.

    Some context before the problems list:
    • This is the third generation of Macs we've used at this business, from the 2007 15-inch Pros with the awful NVIDIA GPU problems (60% of the machines' motherboards replaced numerous times), to the 2010-era 13-inch MBPs and Airs.
    • I have been an exclusively Apple user for 16 years now, and an iPhone user since day 1. I love Macs particularly, but have had numerous machines fixed (as above) and replaced due to hardware defects, so I know how the process goes with Apple (usually slowly!).
    • I'm the defacto Mac technician at work and home, having managed, fixed, revived and rebuilt many machines ranging from G3, G4 and G5 towers to iMacs and countless notebooks and the odd xeon Mac Pro.

    The reason I say this is so you know I know my way around Macs and OSX (though there's always so much more to learn).

    Having said all that, I'd have to say these 13-inch rMBPs are the buggiest machines we've had to date. So many problems it's not funny (really, really not funny).

    I'm also extermely interested in the fact that Apple updated these machines just over three months since they were introduced which is very, very short in Apple terms, and may scream 'underlying problem'.

    There's been some discussion on Apple's support forums about a flawed wifi-BT chip being one of the issues and the only fix possible was to update the circuitry, which happened in January.

    So, problems include:
    • Total system crash and reboot. No kernal panics, just complete random restarts.
    • Freezing when waking from sleep (if sleeping longer than a few minutes). Apple has issued a 'fix' for this already but it didn't work.
    • Terrible lag in mail using IMAP (doesn't happen on my old 13-inch MBP).
    • Wifi network issues: forgetting, refusing to connect, losing connection.
    • Kernal panics when using an LTE dongle (this one's easy to troubleshoot - the dongle! But we rely on these things when mobile...)
    • Snow effect on screen (like an analogue TV with no signal) - possibly the most random GPU effect I've ever seen on a Mac, and that's saying something!
    • Complete system freeze when presenting (this is very, very bad and has happened to all of us now using different versions of PowerPoint). Requires pulling out the projector cable and replugging, repeatedly, in the middle of presentations

    Have any of you guys also experienced these issues? Any input gratefully received!

    One last comment: in terms of pure reliability and robustness, my old 13-inch MBP actually works a lot better than this new $2k machine. Not good! :eek:
  2. xShane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2012
    United States
    I don't want to sound prejudiced against rMBPs, but the ratio of rMBP to cMBP problems seems to be *much much* higher (at least here on MacRumors).
  3. Alucardx03 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    I just got a new 15" rMBP and aside from a little GPU weirdness that I determined was the software I was running, it's perfect.

    I wouldn't look too far into the threads you see here...

    OP, I haven't seen any of the issues you're describing. I'd try returns or wait for possible software updates.
  4. xShane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2012
    United States
    I'm not saying you'll experience issues (and I hope you don't), but it usually takes a few months for things to start popping up.
  5. AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    Not happy take it back or sell it and get some money for it. No point coming here and making a thread about your complaints because honestly no one here can help you with your issues.

    If you're not happy with ANYTHING you buy, vote with your wallet and take it back. I have had NO issues with my 15 rMBP in the short time I've owned it.
  6. omni macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    My suggestion is a clean full reinstall of mountain lion.
  7. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030


    Mar 14, 2005
    How about you read the threads you're responding to before firing off a load of garbage like the above...


    I think the problems could be more specific to the 13-inch given the integrated chipset. Good to know re 15s though. A lot of people have suggested to me that it's Mountain Lion that's the problem.


    Given we've had similar problems across a range of machines (some fresh installs, some transfers), all configured slightly differently, I am not inclined to do this.
  8. AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    LoL I did read it. I saw how you went on to let us all know how many apple products you have.... nice. I read how you're having all these issues with your rMPB.... nice. I then saw you whine how your older computer works better than your new 2k dollar computer.

    Again, if you're not happy with the computer take it back or sell it for $. OR how about you take it into the apple store and see what they can do for you. Those options will get you further than making a thread about it on MR. Good luck.
  9. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I wouldn't say those are normal issues at all. I also have a late 2012 (base 2.5GHz but with a 256GB SSD). It sounds like you have a bad logic board. I had a 2010 MBA that was kernel panicking all the time, and it turned out to be the logic board.

    I wouldn't read too much into the mid-cycle refresh. Intel did a minor refresh of its CPU line and Apple decided to take advantage. At the same they swapped out some components, but that kind of thing happens all the time in the industry and nobody notices or pays attention. Perhaps they just got a good deal from a supplier.

    The only issue, and that's been one I've seen on a number of flash-based Macs (I've had SSD-equipped Macs since the late 2008 MacBook Air) is the occasional black screen on waking from sleep. That is a bit more common than it should be on Macs, IMO. I have seen it once on the 13" rMBP where it required a shutdown. A couple of other times it took a few seconds and then the login screen appeared. I'll keep an eye on it, but Apple frequently does firmware updates for the MBA and I assume the rMBP will be no exception.

    Out of curiosity, did you migrate from your old Mac or install things new? If it crops up again after the genius bar, I'd try a clean install.
  10. swerve147 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2013
    Random reboots suggests either hardware failure or something requiring a re-install of ML. I'd suggest you take it in if you haven't already.
  11. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030


    Mar 14, 2005
    Just back from the Apple Store... :)

    Because the problems are intermittent and across three machines, the tech suggested:

    1. keeping track of all the problems via the console (e.g. screenshots of error messages in console when something happens).
    2. Second course of action is to wait and see what impact 10.8.3 might have and possibly do a clean install then. (Two of the machines were originally clean installs, one was a transfer.)
    3. Third course of action will be to drop off my machine for a couple of days and see if they can replicate the issues.

    The technician also rightly pointed out that a bunch of the issues seem to stem from using external displays (whether monitor or projector) so that's one area of focus.

    Good to hear other experiences though so thanks for that input - it's what I was looking for as opposed to out and out solutions.

    Could well be a hardware/batch issue.

    Regarding the processor supply/update - the conspiracy theory is more fun (!) but for sure could have been an opportunistic bump, though it is super-rare for Apple to do that at the three month mark. More usual is 250-350 days (avg 267 according to the buyers guide).
  12. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    True, but remember that the 13" rMBP came out nearly 3 months after the 15" rMBP and the 13" cMBP refresh. Perhaps the design was ready in July but production was held back because Samsung and LG had yield issues with the screen technology.
  13. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Judging from all your anti rMBP posts and threads you clearly have an agenda to spread your pathetic biased opinion about how horrible a product it is.

    Seriously, you're entertaining.
  14. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030


    Mar 14, 2005
    That's a lot of hypothesising. :)

    I was reminded earlier of the common issue of first-gen Apple devices, it's historic, so maybe this was all par for the course.

    One thing with the presentation freezes, a forum on Apple Support suggests it could well be a Microsoft update from 10 Feb that has caused it:
  15. hackerwayne macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2012
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    1. Total system crash? Didn't happen on mine.
    2. Freezing upon waking up, after sleeping for hours. Lags, but even my MacBook Air lags. So i guess its normal?
    3. No idea on this one. I don't use LTE dongle.
    4. This has never happened.
    5. This has also never happened.

    For issues 1, 4 and 5. I suggest you to bring it in to the Apple store and have it checked out. I do repair, refurb, resell too, and based on what you said, i think the onboard soldered RAM chips are starting to give problems (like the first gen Air)
  16. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030


    Mar 14, 2005
    Definitely not normal, especially given this machine has a beefy spec. It does only happen if it's been shut for, say, 30 minutes or longer (e.g overnight). I vaguely remember reading once that there's two levels of sleep or hibernate? So maybe the root of the issues is in the deeper state.

    Saying that, I'm thinking I should try resetting the SMC... :)

    Edit: also don't forget, apple issued a specific Firmware update for these machines to address this issue. It made it better but didn't resolve it.

    Done today. They need more info as the problems are intermittent, so we'll see if we can gather suitable evidence.
  17. vatter69 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2013
    For what it's worth, on the early 2013 13" retina they seem to have fixed all of these issues - haven't had a single problem on mine *knocks on wood*.
  18. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    wake from sleep issue

    In regard to the wake from sleep issue (I have nothing to add about your other problems), see post no. 480 in this thread:
    As you may know, ML writes a sleep file to the HD or SSD and then reads from that file in some cases on wake up. By using hibernatemode 0 you may be able to get around this issue. I have no problems waking from sleep on a 15" late 20011 MBP with an Intel SSD and hibernatemode set to 0. Worth a try at least.
  19. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030


    Mar 14, 2005
    That's good to hear. :)


    Definitely worth a try, thanks! I think it is something to do with the hibernate aspect. Deeper sleep kicks in after a while, and this could be what causes the machine to lag on opening. In the scheme of things it's small, but I notice it a lot in use.

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