[SOLVED] Framework Laptop, Batch 6, monitor shuts off when touching M1 Mac Apple Logo

I noticed some strange behavior (by accident) today where my screen would just shut off (including the power on button light) when I rotated my laptop in a specific direction. Eventually after trial and error, I narrowed it down to only when the Framework Laptop’s center portion of the bottom lid (Around where the CPU mainboard would be I would guess, but also most likely where the LCD panel’s connections may be), touched the M1 Mac’s Apple Logo. The M1 Mac was sleeping and not powered off if that matters. I haven’t tested it with the M1 Mac being completely off. I’m thinking there may be some signal interference somewhere or maybe a lack of insulation in one of the framework laptop’s components.

The screen would (semi-instantly) turn back on when the laptop is moved away from the Mac. I’ve recorded this video as a demonstration:

There’s a lid sensor / magnet on the chassis of the Framework laptop… To the left of the Caps Lock key.

The M1 Mac has a magnet on its lid.

Essentially, you’re activating “lid close” action…by the magnet in the M1 Mac…

And then activating “lid open” action when the magnet is out of range.


same thing happens if you put it on top of a iPad or something. Or a phone.
I woulnd’t say it’s a “intended feature”, but it’s not a malfunction.

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Being triggered by an external magnet is not unique to the FWLT.

Since I came across the annoyance in these forums I’ve had occasion to see it happening with Dell machines and explain it to my customers.

It’s actually an interesting lightbulb moment…


Thanks for confirming everyone, this is good to know :). We can close this thread then.

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It’s allergic to apples

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