Many MacBook users have been recently complaining about their expensive Apple notebooks crashing. To be specific, users of the brand new MacBook devices powered by Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors, such as the new MacBook Airs, faced this frustrating problem. Though initially, no one was sure what the reason behind behind these crashes were, it is now clear who or what was the culprit behind this problem.
If you have a friend who also uses the same Mac notebook as you use do, but is not facing the crash problem that you are, then you will notice that you have been using the Google Chrome browser and most likely, your friend does not have Google’s browser installed in his MacBook.
Google has now confirmed that, the MacBook crashes were directly as a result of its Chrome browser.
In a statement issued to Gizmodo, Google explains the exact reason behind the crashes. It turns out that the current Chrome browser version is not fully compatible with the Intel Ivy Bridge processors. Google states that the crashes were a result of a graphics resource leak which in turn led to kernel panics on a device with Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics. The new MacBook Airs thus qualify.
Here is the full statement issued by Google to Gizmodo:
“We have identified a leak of graphics resources in the Chrome browser related to the drawing of plugins on Mac OS X. Work is proceeding to find and fix the root cause of the leak.
The resource leak is causing a kernel panic on Mac hardware containing the Intel HD 4000 graphics chip (e.g. The new MacBook Airs). Radar bug number 11762608 has been filed with Apple regarding the kernel panics, since it should not be possible for an application to trigger such behavior.
While the root cause of the leak is being fixed, we are temporarily disabling some of Chrome’s GPU acceleration features on the affected hardware via an auto-updated release that went out this afternoon (Thursday June 28). We anticipate further fixes in the coming days which will re-enable many or all of these features on this hardware.”