updated 12:05 pm EDT, Mon April 14, 2008
Apple admits MacBook bugs
The latest Apple MacBooks are suffering from serious graphical issues, according to widespread reports. Both the basic MacBook and the MacBook Pro are said to be suffering from instances of visual corruption, in which text duplicates, documents fail to scroll completely, or animations and videos flicker; the last problem seems to primarily affect Flash or Quicktime clips viewed in a web browser. Critically, the issue appears to be independent of graphics hardware, given that basic MacBooks use integrated Intel chips while Pros use GeForce 8600M GT cards by NVIDIA.
Some notebook owners claim that the issue may be connected to the Leopard Graphics update, which was released around the same time as Mac OS X 10.5.2. This is unconfirmed however, and other users say that the problem has continued despite restoring their systems to factory defaults. Installing the developer build of Mac OS X 10.5.3 can allegedly alleviate the problem, but not entirely.
Apple has officially acknowledged the problem, but does not currently have a fix. "Apple has received reports similar to the behavior you are describing and we are investigating those reports," a message from the company states. "Further information will come in the form of a Knowledge Base article, Software Update, or Software Release."