Macbook Pro Popping Sound (SHAME ON APPLE)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cocjej, Apr 2, 2018.


Did you have a popping sound on your macbook?

  1. yes i have (macbook pro 15inch)

    42 vote(s)
  2. yes i have (macbook pro 13inch)

    17 vote(s)
  3. i use my macbook longer then 6 month and no i dont have poppin sound (macbook pro 15inch

    20 vote(s)
  4. i use my macbook longer then 6 month and no i dont have popping sound (macbook 13 inch)

    12 vote(s)
  1. cocjej macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2018
    Hi all. 2 month ago (jan 2018) i bought a macbook pro 15 inch (2017) and after 1-2 weeks of using i start to hear some popping sound, like on added video.
    after I began reading the forums and asking people, I concluded that such a problem is present in 80% of all macbook's pro starting from 2016!!! Thats incredible! and theworst thing is that the apple DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO CORRECT THIS !! They change the display and other parts of the computer, but this at best helps only for a month! And popping sound is back!

    I now think to sell my 15-inch computer, but I do not know what to take as a substitute. I do not want to play roulette with the computers apple.

    I just want to know what is the real value of those who have this problem? please vote.

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    now i sell my macbook, but dont know what to buy....
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Its an unfortunate artefact of the display assembly design. A lot of current MBPs suffer from this. So no, Apple can't really solve this with a replacement or a repair. At the same time, its a minor "cosmetic" issue which has no effect on the computer's functionality. I do hope they fix it in a future laptop iteration though.
  3. cocjej thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2018
    so all of new macbooks has this issue? did yours have?
  4. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Haha. Worked up a bit, are we?

    Have you never used crappy plastic laptops, netbooks, or Chromebooks? They almost can’t NOT snap, crackle, or pop. This is such a non-issue for me.
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    At least half of them I checked at work have it. The one I use has it too.

    Honestly, I do not understand why people are getting so worked up about this. You won't find a product that is absolutely perfect. Other laptops make high-pitched electric sounds or bend and creak or have some other kind of quirk.
  6. cocjej thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2018
    ye, i use. but they cost aruound 500$ not 2-3$k
  7. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    I think the popping sound (which I could not hear on the video, btw) is related to the number of desktop and dock icons!
  8. cocjej thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2018
    but <2015 macbooks dont have that sound
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    when you work at night, in silence, this click can wake the sleeping person. Or scare the user.:(
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    vote more pls
  9. TAJones99 macrumors regular


    Apr 26, 2009
    Orange Park, FL
    I think his concern is valid for the price he paid for it, and has nothing to do with other computers. This defect shouldn't be happening, there suppose to be held at a higher standard.
  10. cocjej thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2018
    true. have your mac this issue? and what inch is it?
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    i wanna buy some 13 inch and try it...
  11. TAJones99 macrumors regular


    Apr 26, 2009
    Orange Park, FL
  12. _Kiki_, Apr 7, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2018

    _Kiki_ macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2017
  13. tothewilderness macrumors member


    Sep 23, 2017
    I ran into this problem within the returning period, so I just exchanged it
  14. aevan, Apr 7, 2018
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    aevan macrumors 68030


    Feb 5, 2015
    My MBP started making the popping sound from time to time (not often) after a year, but I really have to ask: why is this such a big deal? Some computers have coil whine, my old MacBook Pro creaked every time I picked it up as the metal flexed, etc. Computers make all kinds of noises. So once every few hours there is a small pop, big deal. I really don’t care.
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    People on this forum have unrealistic expectations. Price has nothing to do with things like this. Computers often make noises, things move, flex, pop, etc. Yes, even on $3000 devices. Just use the darn thing, earn some money with it if possible, and pay no attention to things like this.
  15. TAJones99 macrumors regular


    Apr 26, 2009
    Orange Park, FL
    I know what you mean I been on this forum since 2009
  16. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    I've been more critical of Apple's products recently than many others here, but even I have to say that while my MBP does it, the sound is infrequent enough, and tangential enough, that it doesn't intrude.

    I suspect it has to do with heat, and the expansion of the different materials in the machine, because it seems to happen more when the laptop is either heating up or cooling down after a sustained load. Nowhere near as problematic as the keyboard failures.
  17. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    Disagreed. My late-2013 MacBook Pro 15" has this sound going on about 3 months. Warranty expired 1 year ago and the logic board was replaced under warranty right before AppleCare expired. Then 9 months later, the bottom middle of my case pops when the laptop starts to get hot. It's a daily occurrence. Bring laptop in, plug it in, start working and 30 minutes later "pop" that rattles the area under my keyboard. Then the rest of the day, it's fine.
  18. applebro macrumors regular


    Sep 8, 2012
    my 2012 15" rMBP pops much more and in more places and much louder lul
  19. idunn macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
    I have never heard the 'popping' sound you allude to. However my experience is with a mid-2012 MacBook Pro classic, which in most respects is flawless.

    My opinion that the quality of the MacBook Pro began to decline after 2012, and truly beginning with some aspects of the 2012 MacBook Pro retina model. So a decline after 2012 and near off a cliff in 2016; there are as host of good reasons to avoid the 2016/2017 MacBook Pro models—and all going forward until such time as Apple sees fit to redeem itself.

    Probably not what you want to hear, and doubtless some will have arguments with such a proposition. Admittedly there have been some improvements since, although I would not include 'thinness' as one of them in what is ostensibly a professional computer. Nevertheless there have been speed enhancements, among other things, in the newer models. Being all the more unfortunate as, all else being equal, many customers would otherwise like to take advantage of such improvements.

    Then there is also the question of Apple's ever more regrettable versions of OSX. Some will disagree, and rightly so, as arguably there are some improvements in newer versions. However my opinion—although none of this was ever perfect—that whereas one could largely look forward to bonafide 'upgrades' through OSX 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, that ever since we have been on a decline in ever worse UI and overall user experience.

    Thus some reason to carefully consider what version of OSX might suite one best overall—AND commensurately which MacBook Pro model can natively run same.

    It is a bad choice and no less than Apple's fault, but either you can elect to drink Apple's Kool-Aid and buy whatever they offer as new without question, or do the hard homework of making your own decisions. It is like in automobiles or fine wine or a good many other things including computers, and that not every vintage is the same or of equal merit.

    As presumably you wish as new a MacBook Pro as possible, then perhaps consider the 2015 model year. If not perfect, in available ports and other aspects the last best MacBook Pro produced.
  20. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I have a 2015 15" and have never heard a popping sound. And I really heat the machine. Sometimes running it at 100% for 10 to 30 minutes at a shot when training ML models.
  21. barranco macrumors newbie


    Apr 26, 2018
    Same model and issue, bought it a couple of weeks after it was released and started noticing the issue about 3-4 months in, I'm taking it to an Apple Store in a couple of weeks, while I take a few days off.

    Did you got rid of the computer? If there was another computer maker that build more stable machines that won't look like crap I'd so through my money at it.

    Also stumbled upon Louis Rossmann repair videos on YouTube and oh boy... don't get me started.
  22. Drankthekoolaidtoolong macrumors newbie


    Dec 8, 2018
    Ummm I paid $2700 plus tax and AppleCare, my computer shouldn’t “pop” at all. Already had the logic board replaced, now this. My 2013 15” ran like a dream.
  23. Non-Polar macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2017
    Lmao people actually trying to make it seem like this isn't a big deal
  24. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock
    They were doing that with the butterball keyboards, some still do :p


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