Recently in the past few days, it has been highlighted by Gizmodo of past issues of crashing and freezing caused by Chrome being run on the most recent Mac notebooks, which includes the Gizmodos staff MacBook Air’s. If you switch over to Safari, it gets rid of all of the issues, and so Gizmodo recommends to avoid Chrome being used on newer Mac notebooks for the time being until the issues are fixed by Google, so use Safari in the meantime.
A statement obviously has been made by Google to Gizmodo in the confirmation of their Chrome browser causing these issues, and they are taking the steps to fix it. As Google has already disabled some of the GPU acceleration in Chrome, on a basis of an emergency in seeking a permanent fix, though the company has filed a report for bugs with Apple in regards to these issues and it should not be able to cause the whole operating system to crash or freeze.
“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.”
With this problem affecting most of the MacBook’s running the Intel HD 4000 GPU chip, all of the notebooks from Apple that were released just earlier this month are affected and owners of the newer MacBook Pro models are also reporting the issue aswell.
And ever since Chrome was released in 2008, it has gained steady popularity over all of the desktop Internet browsers and is currently facing Firefox head to head for taking the second position in popularity just behind Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer.