This 13-Inch MacBook Pro Bug Requires 8-Hours Charging to Fix

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The 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro with two Thunderbolt 3 ports) has a weird bug which requires at least 8-hour charging as part of the fix. In case your 13-inch MacBook Pro keeps shutting down, despite showing sufficient battery charge, follow the below steps to fix the issue.

13-inch MacBook Pro 2019 Keeps Shutting Down? Here's a Fix

This workaround has been provided by Apple on its support website. In step 5, Apples suggest charging the Mac for at least 8 hours, before updating to the latest version of macOS. This is a strange solution and is likely related to battery recalibration. Apple usually recommends SMC reset for battery management but not for this specific issue.

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  1. If your MacBook Pro's battery is less than 90 percent charged, continue to step 2. If your battery is more than 90 percent charged, use your computer until the percentage drops below 90 percent, then continue to step 2.
  2. Connect your Mac to its power adapter.
  3. Quit all open applications.
  4. Close your computer's lid, which puts your Mac in to sleep mode.
  5. Let your Mac charge for at least 8 hours.
  6. After 8 hours, update to the latest version of macOS.

At the time of writing, the latest version of macOS is macOS Catalina 10.15.1, while version 10.15.2 is in beta testing.

If the issue still persists after following the above steps, it might be time to contact Apple and book an appointment. If it is a hardware issue, Apple will likely replace your 13-inch MacBook Pro, so make sure to backup all your data before taking it to Apple.

At a time when Apple is receiving praise for new hardware releases like the iPhone 11 and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple has had a forgettable year in terms of software quality. HomePod, Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad and Mac have all been victims of buggy software updates. A number of features that were originally announced for iOS 13 are still not available to users, even in beta testing.

Apple plans to fix its software quality issues by revamping its development process, as per a recent report by Bloomberg. Unfortunately, we have been down this path before. Apple had a similar internal revamp after buggy iOS 11 release, which results in the polished iOS 12 update. Only time will tell if the latest change in plans has a lasting impact on Apple's software quality problems.

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