Apple’s new range Macbook Pro Laptops have gone a long way in fixing many of the bugs in the company’s previous Mac efforts. This also meant that the offered ports became much more varied again – but this is exactly what causes problems for some Mac users.
A number of users on the MacRumors forums have expressed their frustration with the SD card slot on the new MacBook Pro, which has returned after half a decade in the MacBook Pro 2021. The complaints cover a wide variety of situations, making it difficult to pinpoint exactly what is going wrong.
The string was started by user 0071284 who stated that they have multiple SD cards that are not recognized by their new MacBook Pro. However, when using Apple’s external USB-C to SD card reader, 0071284 says your Mac has no problem reading your cards.
The problem also seems to affect different cards of the same capacity. Forum user wilberforce states that his 64GB Sony SD card works in the MacBook Pro but his 64GB SanDisk SD card doesn’t. They added that they have tried all types of SD cards from different manufacturers and with different capacities, the probability of success appearing to be “completely random”.
For some people, it may take a few minutes for MacOS to recognize the SD card and display its contents in the Finder. Even so, this still caused the finder to crash at times. Some users tried to format their cards and it didn’t help.
While it is certainly possible that some of the bugs are with old or outdated SD cards, we doubt that this can be entirely responsible for users’ problems. In fact, the fact that some cards appear to work perfectly in an external SD card dongle but then give an error message when inserted directly into a MacBook Pro suggests that the problem could be with the laptop itself.
That’s not a promising return for the SD card slot in Apple’s MacBook Pro. The company has been criticized for many years for streamlining its laptops to only use USB-C slots. While this remains the case MacBook Air, Apple apparently felt it was right to give in to the MacBook Pro on this point, where demanding workloads often associated with SD cards are more the norm. If the SD card slot remains, Mac users hope that Apple can fix this problem as soon as possible.