Users Report New HDR Videos Crash New MacBook Pro

Users Report New HDR Videos Crash New MacBook Pro

This is when running the latest version of macOS Monterey, 12.0.1.

“I keep getting a kernel crash when watching HDR videos in Youtube and scrolling through the comments,” writes forum user Cababah.

The issue can also occur when the user enters and then leaves full-screen mode in YouTube.

“Is anyone else having this problem? I wonder if it is hardware related in which case I may need to return it but I have been able to reproduce it a few times in a row and the entire machine will reboot each time. No bueno…”

Story Highlights

  • It results in a kernel error when several users report that when they watch an HDR video on YouTube in Safari or Chrome, and then scroll down to the comments, their 2021 MacBook Pro crashes.

  • The problem occurs almost every time, complains a user on the MacRumors forum, and even occurs in Safe Mode. It appears to particular affect machines with 16GB of RAM, but even those with 32GB or 64GB are not completely spared.

Users speculate that the problem may be due to the AV1 decoding, but nothing has been confirmed as yet.

This isn’t the first bug to afflict Apple’s powerful and costly new laptops. Previous issue reported was, menu bar items to hide behind the notch.