“The new MacBook Pros lack the iconic Mac chime when booting up,” Benjamin Mayo reports for 9to5Mac. “This is the distinctive noise heard at startup when the Mac passes the initial POST checks; Apple has used the same F-sharp chord sound in its computers since 1998.”
“The new MacBooks end this tradition as the chime has been removed completely and the machines will make no noise at all on boot, unless there is a fault,” Mayo reports. “However, there seems to be a good reason for this change.”
“The late-2016 laptops actually turn themselves on when you open the lid. Current MacBooks wake when the lid is opened if they are sleeping but the new machines go one step further. If they are fully switched off, opening the laptop will automatically turn them on, removing the need to press the power button,” Mayo reports. “This new feature rationalizes the decision to remove the startup chime, as it means the MacBooks turn on automatically and silently. It would be annoying to open the lid in a meeting to have it make the noise of its own accord.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The end of an era, but also the beginning of a new one. It’ll be nice to not disturb people with the startup chime. Thanks to SSDs, Macs start up so quickly now, you’ll forget if you Shut Down your Mac or just put it to sleep last time.