Apple’s MacBook Pro, which launched earlier this year, is a radical upgrade. That’s because of the fallback design which offers additional ports that professional users like video editors have been craving for. The MacBook Pro’s SD card slot is a welcome change, but apparently unwelcome. And now, users of the new MacBook Pro are utterly annoyed that the SD port is causing them issues such as unreadable files and slow speeds.
MacRumors has come across several reports on the Internet demonstrating how problematic the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are for users. The biggest nuisance is the SD card reader, which has been reported to cause different problems for different users.
While one user described his experience with the SD card reader as “super flaky” because his MacBook Pro takes about 1 minute to read the SD card and then sometimes displays an error while reading the card, another user was just plain horrified because every time he used the SD card, the Finder on his MacBook Pro crashed while trying to read the card.
“It’s very frustrating. I was hoping that the import from the SD card including previewing the images on my new 14 MBP would be quick. I have a fairly new 64GB SD card that worked fine. But photos on the MBP using the internal SD card slot take minutes to view photos and sometimes crashes halfway. Sometimes the Finder crashes too, ”said one MacBook Pro user.
In such situations, it is best to format the SD card according to the native formats of the MacBook. However, users were frustrated after discovering this solution wasn’t working. And the SD cards were surprisingly not defective, as they worked with USB-C dongles with card readers.
“The only thing that’s consistent is that a card always works when it works, and when a card doesn’t work properly, it never works properly. Reformatting, even in all other possible formats, makes no difference. Sandisk, Sony, Samsung, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, UHS-I, UHS-II, microSD, FAT32, exFAT, makes no difference. 100% of my cards work perfectly with a dongle. “
With multiple reports surfacing, it is time for Apple to identify the problem before it is too late. The SD card comeback has been celebrated by the pro-user community, but with these issues, the MacBook Pro could be on the way to failure. And even if a fix arrives soon, it won’t change any of the hardware’s limitations. In our review of the MacBook Pro, we found that the SD card only supports UHS-II cardswhich is not as fast as the most widely used UHS-III cards currently in use. Put simply, the card reader still uses older technologies and transfers data at a slower speed than external card readers.