Have we all been charging our MacBooks wrong?

Ever been working away on your MacBook Pro when not only does the machine suddenly become unbearably slow, but the fans kick into gear so loudly that you've half a mind to evacuate the house? It's happened to the best of us – but it turns out there could be an unexpectedly simple explanation. And it's all to do with how you're charging your MacBook. It may be one of the best laptops for graphic design, but this little glitch isn't so hot (well, technically it is). 

According to a user over on programming question-and-answer site Stack Exchange, their MacBook was often becoming unusably slow, and the task that seemed to be using the most resources was 'kernel_task', which manages the machine's processor temperature. After various experiments, an alarmingly simple solution emerged: "Move charging from the left to the right side". 

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.