Memory Leak with macOS Monterey


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On Monday 25-Oct-2021, Apple officially released their latest macOS Monterey after months of developer and beta testing. Many users have updated their Macs to the latest macOS, but online forums are full of issues reported right after update to macOS Monterey. Major one is the memory leak with macOS Monterey, i.e. a scenario in which a specific macOS process or application is not closed out and stays running for prolonged periods in the background, consuming abnormally high amounts of memory or RAM.

macOS Monterey : Memory Leak

If you check twitter, it’s full of such reports.

Source : twitter MacHash
Source : twitter

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Few users also reported that they bricked their old Macs while updating to macOS Monterey or during reboot after update.


Source : twitter

Some users reported random restart of their Mac, which are on latest M1 chip as well.

Source : twitter

So overall it looks like those who have not yet tried to update their Macs should wait. As issues are reported by many users to Apple Support, we expect that Apple will release an update as fix to this issue and provide stable macOS Monterey experience to it’s users.

We will keep you posted with updates on this topic, so stay tuned!


Update as of 14-Nov-2021

As per tweet from YouTuber Rene Ritchie, Apple acknowledged the issue and it’s affecting mainly Mac with T2 chip. The updated firmware is not included in macOS update.

As stated above, this firmware issues are mainly with Apple T2 chip, hence below are list of Macs which will be affected as those comes with T2 chip.

Apple Macs that have the Apple T2 Security Chip

These Mac computers have the Apple T2 Security Chip:


  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020)
  • iMac Pro
  • Mac Pro (2019)
  • Mac Pro (Rack, 2019)
  • Mac mini (2018)
  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2020)
  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019)
  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)

If you have not yet updated your Mac, then now you can as the bug fix is included in the released update 12.0.1. But to be on safer side, you can still wait for few more days to check if early users are reporting any new issues or confirm the bug fix with this new improved macOS Monterey update.

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