A number of users have taken to social media to complain that they cannot turn on their Macs after upgrading to macOS Monterey, Apple’s latest desktop operating system. Most of the users who are reporting this issue are using older Intel MacBook Pro and iMac models.
Just when we were thinking that the roll-out for macOS Monterey has been much better and bug-free than macOS Big Sur last year, issues have started appearing.
macOS Monterey is leaving some Macs unusable
As noted by MacRumors, a Reddit user reported that he is facing the issue on his 2019 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and could not revive his MacBook even by using a second Mac to use Apple Configurator 2. Others have reported workarounds like PRAM reset and power cycling, and even that does not seem to make any difference.
It is possible that the issue is related to BridgeOS which is a part of T2 chips, and restoring it might help, however, older MacBook models like 2015 MacBook Air do not have the chip, and even it is facing issues.
If you are facing this issue, you can follow our guide on how to restore or revive a Mac using Apple Configurator 2. The guide is for Apple Silicon Macs but similar steps apply to Intel Macs too. You can also try downgrading from macOS Monterey to macOS Big Sur until Apple fixes the issue.
Although the issue is being reported by just a select number of people on social media, it will be interesting to see how Apple responds. Although the Apple Support account on Twitter is responding to all the queries, there does not seem to be any recommended solution being shared with users.
Apple Support website does not have any support page available to address this issue so far. It is possible that Apple might fix the issue with macOS Monterey 12.1 which is currently in beta, however, it is unclear how users who are unable to even boot their Macs will resolve their problems. If you have this issue, we recommend reaching out to Apple Support on Twitter or going to an Apple Store nearby to get help.