Apple Releases MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3

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Date: Friday, July 13th, 2007, 09:16
Category: MacBook Pro

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Late Thursday, Apple released its MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3 patch, a firmware update designed to repair a display glitch found on some 15″ MacBook Pro laptops running at 2.2 and 2.4 GHz.
The update is a 1.8 megabyte direct download (it can also be found and downloaded via the Software Update feature) and requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
If you’ve installed the firmware update and have thoughts or feedback about it, let us know in the forums.

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Apple Updates Refurbished MacBook Pro Web Site

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Date: Monday, July 9th, 2007, 10:24
Category: MacBook Pro

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It may be refurbished, but it can still rock.
The
refurbished section of the Apple Store has just posted the following new MacBook Pro offerings:
-15″ 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of RAM, 120 GB hard drive, 6X SuperDrive, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256 MB of VRAM with glossy or standard screen for US$1,999.
-17″ 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo, 1 GB of RAM, 100 GB hard drive, SuperDrive, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256 MB of VRAM with glossy or standard screen for US$1,999.
-17″ 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of RAM, 160 GB hard drive, 8X SuperDrive, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256 MB of VRAM with glossy or standard screen for US$2,299.
If you’ve seen a good bargain elsewhere, let us know.

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Apple Releases MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2007, 07:36
Category: MacBook Pro

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In one of the most vaguely-described software updates in recent memory, Apple has released MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0, an upgrade for the 2.2 and 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro laptop models.
The description states that the update provides “important bug fixes” and is recommended for these laptops.
The MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0 software is a 14.6 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker) and requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
Apple was vague on this one, so if any of you out there feel experimental today, let us know if this appreciably changes anything (for better or for worse) on your MacBook Pro.

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Blu-Ray Read and Write Support in LED MacBook Pro?

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Date: Friday, June 8th, 2007, 12:45
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple doesn’t mention Blu-Ray support with the new MacBook Pro and I was surprised when a new MacBook Pro owner wrote that Toast 8 showed the OEM Matshita UJ-857E drive as having Blu-Ray read and write support. The UJ-857 (no E) was used in some previous MacBook Pros/MacBooks and was often maligned for things like slow write speeds (4x limited) but I could find no current specs on the UJ-857E model and it’s not currently listed at Original Equipment Optical Drives from Panasonic (parent of Matshita). (There may be a japanese page or other panasonic page that’s more current?)

New MacBook Pros Matshita UJ-857E – Blu-Ray compatible?

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The President of the U.S. Uses a MacBook Pro (in 24, at least)

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 22:36
Category: MacBook Pro

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Fox’s 24 is my favorite TV show hands down. In fact, it’s pretty much the only thing that I watch the night of, whereas everything else is relegated to folders on my TiVo. Ok, I guess there is 30 Rock, but I digress.
In tonight’s episode, 10:00am – 11:00am, President Wayne Palmer is hurried off to a secret bunker after a rogue suitcase nuke is detonated in suburban Los Angeles. His computer of choice? A MacBook Pro of course.

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MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Users Report Flickering Displays/Distortion

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Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2006, 15:59
Category: MacBook Pro

MacFixIt.com has reports in regarding the emergence of flickering displays and the appearance of horizontal distortion lines in the late 2006 model of the MacBook Pro.
The issue, which is similar to a problem that occurred in some of the iBook G4 laptops. Apple seems to be replacing the logic board as a fix, albeit a parts shortage problem may led to delays. The issue doesn’t seem to be related to any problems with the display components themselves, but seems isolated to the logic board.
If you’ve experienced this problem or have any workarounds or ideas, post them as comments.

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MagSafe Stress Relief

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 10:00
Category: MacBook Pro

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For those of you worried about the weak spot/melting point of the MagSafe connector, here’s what I’ve been doing with all my laptop power supplies for the last few years. I cut a short piece of 1/8″ spiral cable wrap available at Walmart or Radio Shack, usually in a package of multiple diameters for a couple bucks, wrap it around the weak point and cinch it down hard with a small zip tie and a pair of pliers. Cheap trick, but until they add some real stress relief at that joint, it cheaper than buying a new power supply.
Contributed by: Kent Sievers

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Melting or Fraying MagSafe Adapter Not Covered Under Warranty

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 09:00
Category: MacBook Pro

MacFixIt has the skinny on MagSafe power adapters that are becoming frayed and even melting. In knowledge base article 302461
Apple calls this “strain relief damage”
and says that it’s not covered under warranty. “Strain relief damage and missing cable
insulation or rubber typically result from excessive force or improper
use which are not covered by Apple’s one year limited warranty.”

We’ve received several reports from readers indicating an issue where MagSafe power adapters — included with MacBooks and MacBook Pros — fray or melt at the wire-to-head connection point shown to the right, or at the metallic connection point.

MacFixIt – Melting or fraying MagSafe power adapter connections (MacBook, MacBook Pro)

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SF Chronicle Goo Goo Over MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 00:00
Category: MacBook Pro

This machine, this silky hunk of aluminum and wire and divine Chinese factory-made love, was recently delivered into my hands by a squad of naked cooing angels who all happened to look exactly like Jenna Jameson or perhaps Eva Green and who also gave me a free foot massage and four hits of premium Ecstasy and a complimentary 3-hour tongue bath, all at the same time.

It is possible I imagined that last part. It is possible
it was merely, you know, UPS. It is possible I am exaggerating just
slightly overall. I do not really care. (Via Digg).

SFGate.com :: When Apple Rules The World

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The Apple Core: Comparing the temps of a Core Duo to a Core 2 Duo

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Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, 10:03
Category: MacBook Pro

MBP-hot-spots.jpgI took some temperature benchmarks comparing the MacBook Pro (Core Duo) and MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo). The results substantiate what I uncovered in a previous post about the Core 2 Duo running significantly cooler than the Core Duo.
For this test I took both a Core Duo MBP (2.0GHz) and a Core 2 Duo MBP (2.33GHz) and booted them into a clean OS X account at the same time. Both were connected to power and Energy Saver settings were optimized for high performance.
I let both machines running the Nature Patterns screen saver for an hour then took 12 temperature readings from the top and 12 readings from the bottom and compared them. Readings were taken using a MasterCool 52224 infrared thermometer gun.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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