Apple posts new Macbook Air EFI update 2.9.1

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Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 18:36
Category: Announcement, App Store, Apple, Installation, Mac, MacBook Air, OS X, Software

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As we reported last week, there were numerous problems with the Macbook Air firmware update released earlier in the week. Users reported symptoms as innocuous as the update simply not being applied, to preventing the laptop from rebooting. In most cases, performing multiple SMC resets on the computer fixed the booting problem, but the update was still not installed. A few users found that even though the System Information application reported that the firmware was not updated, afterwards their Macbook Airs began suffering some of the problems that the 2.9 update was supposed to fix. Some of the symptoms included trouble reconnecting to wifi networks, fans unnecessarily running at full speed, and issues with sleeping and waking the computer.

Let than a day after the reports began flooding in, Apple removed the update from the App Store and users were no longer getting prompted to install it. As of today, a newly numbered 2.9.1 update can be found appearing in the App Store under Updates. Owners are cautioned to hold off on applying the new update, unless necessary, until reports come back that the install is working correctly. We will keep you updated as reports come in and the situation develops.

Have you already risked the update? Let us know and any relevant details in the comments or on our Facebook page!

 

 

Facebook to remove messaging from iOS, Android apps, push users toward Messenger app

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Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 11:54
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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You’re going to have to start using Facebook’s Messenger app.

Per TechCrunch, Facebook has announced that the service will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps, and force all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app. Facebook first started requiring users in Europe to use Messenger back in April, but after seeing “positive results” in terms of engagement, has begun rolling out the plan to its entire user base. The company has stated that people on Messenger reply about 20% faster, and not supporting multiple version of mobile chat will help it make both its main apps and Messenger better.

Mobile web, iPad, feature phone, Windows Phone, Paper, and desktop users can still message in their main Facebook apps or sites like before, and will be spared from this forced migration for now.

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Rumor: Low production yields may rule out sapphire display cover for iPhone 6

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Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 11:06
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Apple might not be able to deliver the anticipated sapphire display covers for the iPhone 6.

Per market research firm TrendForce, the new feature seems unlikely thanks to poor yield rates for sapphire ingot and problems with the processing of the material, according to a new report, which suggests that Apple is unlikely to ship a sapphire-covered device in large quantities this year.

Downstream component makers would have had to begin shipping the sapphire display covers to Apple’s assembly partners in June to meet the company’s September deadline, according to the report, but those shipments have not yet appeared. This is likely to point to either a delayed or seriously constrained release for a sapphire-covered iPhone, the firm argues.

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Apple releases updated MacBook Pro lineup with slight speed boosts, lower prices on some models

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Date: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, 10:01
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail

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You can’t argue with a speed bump and a lower price on the notebook you want.

Per Macworld, Apple on Tuesday released it’s upgraded line of professional MacBook Pro notebooks, the intro-level and mid-range 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros going from a 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with a Turbo Boost of up to 2.9GHz to a 2.6GHz dual-core i5 with a Turbo Boost of up to 3.1GHz; the high-end 13-inch meanwhile goes from a 2.6GHz dual-core i5 to a 2.8GHz dual-core i5 (its Turbo Boost, which previously reached 3.1GHz, now gets up to 3.3GHz). The entry-level 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro also now starts with 8GB of RAM, like the mid-range and high-range models, instead of 4GB. Storage remains the same for all three models at 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of flash storage, respectively.

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Rumors of 5.5 inch iPhone 6 logic board with photos

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Date: Monday, July 28th, 2014, 16:47
Category: Apple, Hardware, iPhone, News, photos, Rumor

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Amid the many MANY iPhone 6 rumors comes this one from a Chinese repair company called GeekBar, who posted these pictures of what is supposedly the new logic boards for a 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhone 6. The boards do not have components attached, but some Chinese sources say that the new device will sport a next-generation “A8″ CPU, and have faster 802.11ac wireless networking chips as well as NFC hardware. Expectations of NFC (Near Field Communication) hardware in the iPhone have been around for some time, but Apple’s direction has clearly favored BlueTooth LE technology as used by their iBeacon hardware. The likelihood of any NFC hardware making it into Apple hardware is a stretch and questions the reliability of the report.

According to reports on the rumored 5.5 inch iPhone 6, manufacturing delays put the device’s debut closer to the end of 2014 or later.

 

 

Rumor: New MacBook Pro notebooks with faster CPUs, 16 GB of RAM to surface Tuesday

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Date: Monday, July 28th, 2014, 12:25
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Rumor

applelogo1Maybe it’s a good thing that my mid-2011 MacBook Pro was stolen on Friday.

Per AppleInsider, Apple is rumored to be launching both new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks on Tuesday. The new models are said to feature faster CPUs and a meaty 16 GB of RAM.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is said to be identified as model “J44a,” according to French website MacG, which cited “confirmation” from a reliable source. The new 15-inch model is said to be identified as “J45a.”

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Rumor: Next-gen iOS devices to see delays, only 4.6-inch iPhone 6 to make September debut

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Date: Friday, July 25th, 2014, 11:11
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, Rumor

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You may have to wait a little longer for the cool nw iOS-based devices that you’re hankering for.

Per Taiwanese newspaper UDN and GforGames, a current rumor suggests that only one of Apple’s next-generation handsets — the 4.7-inch “iPhone 6″ — will be ready for launch at the company’s anticipated September media event, as the larger 5.5-inch model will allegedly not even enter production until that month.

This marks the latest in a string of rumors that sum up a delayed launch for Apple’s larger “phablet”-sized iPhone 6, which is said to arrive after the 4.7-inch model debuts. The UDN article also suggests that initial production capacity will be limited. Capacity is expected to increase by as much as 85 percent in the fourth quarter, perhaps due to the addition of so-called “Foxbots,” robots designed to aid assembly workers.

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Rumor: Apple working on e-wallet, could debut technology alongside iPhone 6

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Date: Thursday, July 24th, 2014, 10:43
Category: iPhone, Rumor, Software

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It probably won’t come as a surprise, but Apple may be working on its own e-wallet technology that could debut alongside the iPhone 6 this fall.

Per The Information, anonymous sources close to the store claim that Apple is accelerating work on a mobile payments system, or digital wallet, that could be ready by this fall, allowing customers to pay for physical goods with their iPhone instead of a credit card or cash.

The report states that Apple is in talks with partner companies to launch a Google Wallet competitor as soon as this fall, with some saying the service may roll out with the so-called “iPhone 6.”

Sources have indicated that Apple is in talks with major credit card company Visa to forge a partnership that could revolutionize the way consumers pay for goods. As noted by the article, a direct partnership with Visa — or other major credit card company — would be a huge step in bypassing the payment processing chain, saving both merchants and customers money.

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Apple posts support document detailing iOS “backdoor” allegations

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Date: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, 16:26
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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The timing’s a bit strange, but Apple seems to be trying to explain what its assortment of “backdoor” services are doing on its iOS devices only days after forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski disclosed the services during a speech at a hacker convention.

Per AppleInsider, a recently published support document on Apple’s web site.

In what appears to be a response to allegations of installing “backdoor” services with the intent to harvest data from iOS devices, Apple on Tuesday posted to its website an explanation of three diagnostics capabilities built in to the mobile OS.

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Apple removes Macbook Air firmware updater after reports of problems

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Date: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, 13:51
Category: Announcement, App Store, Apple, Installation, Mac, MacBook Air, OS X, Software

appstorelogoAfter a day of user complaints of problems applying the Macbook Air 2.9 EFI firmware update after its release, Apple has finally pulled the update from the App Store. As we reported yesterday, threads like this one, started reporting that attempts to apply the update would run and fail to actually update the firmware, or that it would “brick” their laptop leaving it unusable. Those that weren’t left with a non-working Macbook Air also reported that after attempting the failed update, the App Store app would show the update as installed with an additional entry showing that it still needed to be applied.

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