“Reports of failing MacBook Pros have been flooding in since 2013, with many owners of 2011 models with AMD graphics suffering from system crashes and hardware problems that have been described as ‘critical,'” Ashleigh Allsopp reports for Macworld UK.

“Since first publishing this story, we’ve had more than 660 readers get in touch to let us know that they’re experiencing the same issue,” Allsopp reports. “The huge thread on Apple’s Support Communities has now been viewed more than 3.6 million times and has more than 11,500 replies.”

“At the end of October 2014 Apple was hit with a class action lawsuit about the defect in a California federal court,” Allsopp reports. “The lawsuit claims that the defect in the 2011 MacBook Pro comes from the lead-free solder that’s used to connect one of the processing chips to the main circuit board in the computer. According to the complaint, the frequent changes in temperature that occur while using the MacBook Pro cause the lead-free solder to crack, which in turn causes the graphics issues as described above.”

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