My Brand New 2021 MacBook Pro Died Within 90 Minutes

Is this something that happens less than one in a million?

Todd Dosenberry


After lying in its box unopened on the hardwood floor for 11 days, my new 2021 MacBook Pro was snatched up by my two hands. I unboxed it, turned it on, went through the setup prompts, and then started to play around with it.

It was fast as hell. My mind was blown, and I was giddy with excitement about how much more productive I would be while using it.

My old 2015 MacBook Pro had a swelled battery causing the computer to slide around on my desk. Not having this problem was wonderful. The battery lasted no more than one hour, while my new MacBook Pro’s battery lasts about 11 hours.

The keyboard was smooth, but I’m not sure if it’s an improvement over the older MacBooks.

All in all, I was in love.

MacBook Pro Shits Itself

After playing around for 90 minutes, I noticed a software update was ready: macOS Monterey 12.1. I’ve owned Apple products since 2006 and have never hesitated to update software. I had no reason to hesitate this time around.

The software update was downloaded successfully. It then started to install.

Within 30 minutes of installation, an exclamation point inside a circle appeared with a URL to an Apple support page below it. It was unlike anything I had ever seen in the 15 years of owning Apple products.

I typed in the URL:

The subtitle on the page reads:

The firmware of your Mac needs to be revived or restored.

The first paragraph reads:

In very rare circumstances, such as when a power failure interrupts macOS installation, your Mac might start up to a circled exclamation point. That means the firmware stored in your computer’s memory needs to be revived or restored.



Todd Dosenberry

Uncle. Godfather. Runner. Writer. Meditating daily since July 2017. All thoughts appear from the ether.