My Brand New 2021 MacBook Pro Died Within 90 Minutes

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

Todd Dosenberry
3 min readJan 22, 2022
Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

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.



Todd Dosenberry

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