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Google recently accepted responsibility for a kernel panic issue on Apple’s new MacBook Air, which was apparently being caused by a graphics resource leak in its Chrome browser. The admittance
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    Default Google Admits Bug in Chrome Browser is Causing MacBook Airs to Crash


    Google recently accepted responsibility for a kernel panic issue on Apple’s new MacBook Air, which was apparently being caused by a graphics resource leak in its Chrome browser. The admittance comes after a number of users who bought the newly released MacBook Airs began reporting that the machines were frequently crashing. The issue was brought to the limelight as Gizmodo noted earlier in the week that it was experiencing issues with its own MacBook Airs and subsequently pinpointed the issue to one being caused by the Chrome web browser.

    According to someone on Apple’s Support Communities forms, a Genius technician mentioned that the problem was “the specific combination of Intel HD 4000 chips + flash + Chrome.” Apple was reportedly aware of the issue and was planning on releasing a patch soon. Google ended up issuing a statement on Thursday acknowledging that it had found a “leak of graphics resources in the Chrome browser” that has been causing a kernel panic on the new MacBook Airs. The company claims to be working to “find and fix” the cause of the leak while issuing an auto-update release that will temporarily disable GPU acceleration features in Chrome.

    The whole announcement comes shortly after Google’s launch of its Chrome browser on the iOS platform. Those who use iOS devices don’t have to worry as Chrome is mostly a UI wrapper around Apple’s own Webkit platform, since Apple doesn’t allow third-party browsers available in the App Store to have their own rendering or Javascript engines.

    For those of you who are interested, you can read Google’s statement to Gizmodo below:

    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.
    Source: Apple (1) (2), Gizmodo
    Last edited by Akshay Masand; 06-29-2012 at 01:12 AM.

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    Apple doesn’t allow third-party browsers available in the App Store to have their own rendering or Javascript engines.
    Isn't that anti-competitive? Where's the European Union when you actually need them?

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    Apple doesn’t allow third-party browsers available in the App Store to have their own rendering or Javascript engines.
    Why are people still saying this??? This is FALSE. Opera Mini in the App Store does not use UIWebView, and as far as I know, is not even based on WebKit at all. (Even Google Chrome for Mac and Windows is based on WebKit!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
    Why are people still saying this??? This is FALSE. Opera Mini in the App Store does not use UIWebView, and as far as I know, is not even based on WebKit at all. (Even Google Chrome for Mac and Windows is based on WebKit!)
    It is not false, it's is 100% true Apple have there own Java rendering engine & do not share it to 3rd party's, they are forced to use the UIWEBKIT'S slower but safer jave renderer.

    As for Opera, that use servers, it doesn't do anything bar send a request & download small compressed file, that is displayed. They have server clusters that do all the backend work, Chrome like many, if not all 3rd party browsers do the work on the device.
    Apple are Control freaks we need to stop them before they take over the world!!

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    I think 'admittance' is used improperly here.
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    for real.. lets just get them to all make jailbreak browsers. problem solved.

    also its not anti-competitive when its their own device. Apple has perfect rights over the appstore whether or not they allow apps or deny them is up to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky5 View Post

    As for Opera, that use servers, it doesn't do anything bar send a request & download small compressed file, that is displayed.
    That's what all web browsers do so you know.

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