iFixit completes seventh-gen iPod nano teardowns, finds additional NAND Flash memory, Bluetooth, assorted mystery chips

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Date: Tuesday, October 16th, 2012, 08:57
Category: Hardware, iPod, iPod Nano, News

It’s the teardowns that make things interesting.

Per iFixit, the teardown of the seventh-gen iPod nano revealed the following interesting components:

– The Toshiba THGBX2G7D2JLA01, which includes 16 gigabytes of NAND flash. The Broadcom BCM2078KUBG also includes both the Bluetooth and FM radios.

– A touchscreen controller from Texas Instruments identified as 343S0538.

– A chip from NXP Semiconductors labeled “1609A1”.

The device also contained the following mystery chips which have yet to be identified:
– 75203 23017

– 75292 98820

– 339S0193

– Apple 338S1099

– Apple 338S1146

iFixit also found that the battery in the new iPod nano is soldered directly to the logic board and adhered to the back of the display. They did find a plastic pull tab presumed to be in place for removing the battery, however they found the adhesive holding the battery in place was too strong.

The new 3.7V, 0.8Wh, 220 mAh battery is more than twice that of the 0.39 Wh rating of the sixth-generation iPod nano. The solutions provider also found that the LCD and digitizer glass are not fused together, which means each component could be replaced separately.

The same could not be said for the battery, Lightning connector, or volume controls, all of which are soldered to the logic board. Pulling out the logic board also removes the battery, button cable, Lightning connector, and headphone jack.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’ve snagged a new seventh-generation iPod nano and have any feedback to offer about it, please let us know in the comments.

Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat Pro updated to 11.0

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Date: Monday, October 15th, 2012, 09:03
Category: News, Software

On Monday, Adobe released version 11.0 of its Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat Pro applications. The updates, which can also be snagged through the Adobe Update Utility, add the following fixes and changes:

– Get forms signed by others: Email your signed PDF form, or send it to others to e-sign using the Adobe EchoSign(R) online service from within Reader XI. Just open a free or paid account.

Improved:
– Comment using the PDF annotator Reader XI comes with a full set of commenting tools. So you can add sticky notes, highlight text, and use lines, shapes, stamps, and a typewriter tool to place comments anywhere on your PDF document.

– Fill out forms Say goodbye to paper forms. Type your responses right on the PDF form, or click through and fill in the form fields. Then save and submit. That’s really all there is to it.

Acrobat Reader 11.0 and Acrobat Pro 11.0 require an Intel-based processor and Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new versions and noticed any differences, please let us know what you think.

Apple extends warranty for 2009 iMac, cites known hard drive issue

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Date: Monday, October 15th, 2012, 06:39
Category: hard drive, Hardware, iMac, News

There’s nothing like a quiet warranty extension to put your mind at ease.

Per MacRumors, Apple on Friday quietly extended its iMac 1TB Seagate Hard Drive Replacement Program coverage back two years to include models sold from October 2009, effectively adding almost two years to the initiative which previously included machines sold between May and June of 2011.

News of the extension was posted to Apple’s Support webpage sometime on Friday, which noted email notifications were being sent to affected iMac owners who took the time to register their products. Users can also check the program’s webpage to confirm eligibility.

From the announcement:

Apple has determined that certain Seagate 1TB hard drives used in 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems may fail. These systems were sold between October 2009 and July 2011.

iMac owners who were affected by the Seagate-specific failure can have their hard drives replaced for free from Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider, or those who have already paid for repair or replacement can contact Apple for a possible refund.

First initiated in July 2011, the recall originally ran through July 23, 2012 and covered iMacs sold between May 2011 and July 2011. The program was subsequently extended for an additional year. With Friday’s announcement, the replacement plan has been broadened again, and now covers affected iMacs for three years after the first retail sale of the unit or until April 12, 2013, whichever provides longer coverage.

Seagate’s storage components were at the center of another fiasco in 2007, when Apple acknowledged that a number of MacBook and MacBook Pros shipped with faulty hard drives. An apparent manufacturing flaw caused the drive head of some units to permanently fail, scratching the disk patter and causing permanent data loss.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple releases HP Printer Drivers 2.12 update for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 operating systems

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Date: Friday, October 12th, 2012, 08:34
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock a fairly large printer driver update.

On Thursday, Apple released its HP Printers Drivers 2.12 package. The update, a 473.3 megabyte download, adds updated drivers for assorted HP printers, scanners and multifunction devices.

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later and can also be located, snagged and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the new printer drivers and have any feedback, please let us know in the comments.

Apple releases version 1.0.1 firmware update for seventh-generation iPod nano

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Date: Friday, October 12th, 2012, 08:02
Category: iPod Nano, News, Software

You’ve had your spiffy new seventh-generation iPod nano for a day or two.

Now let’s update that sucker.

Per iLounge, Apple released version 1.0.1 of the new iPod nano’s software.

The new software only mentions “Support for iPod nano (7th generation)” in its release notes, offering little information as to what issues, if any, are addressed with version 1.0.1. Speculation points to tweaks to make the device compatible with the most current version of iTunes, however the specific problems regarding the device’s interoperability with Apple’s media management software is unknown.

Users will be able to update their new iPod nanos upon delivery by simply plugging the unit into their computer, which should automatically recognize the device and bring up the “Download and Update” new iPod software prompt.

Apple announced the seventh-generation media player in September alongside the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch and newly-designed EarPods headphones. The most recent nano ditches the last-generation’s small square form factor for a more iPod touch-esque layout, complete with 2.5-inch mutli-touch display, integrated Bluetooth connectivity and the reversible Lightning connector.

If you’ve tried the iPod nano with its updated firmware and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Dropbox 1.5.37 beta goes live, now available for download

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Date: Friday, October 12th, 2012, 07:06
Category: News, Software

Hey, a public beta is a public beta.

On Friday, Dropbox released a public beta of version 1.5.37 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 24.5 megabyte download, which adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fix rare hang when resuming.

– Fix Icon Overlays and Context Menu in XP.

– Other small fixes.

Dropbox 1.5.37 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new beta and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Mozilla releases Firefox 16.0.1 update

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Date: Friday, October 12th, 2012, 07:21
Category: News, Software

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Because quick revisions never hurt and Mozilla quickly pulled Firefox 16.0.1, then rereleased the new version after a security hole was plugged.

On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 16.0.1 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 32.6 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:
– FIXED — 16.0.1: Vulnerability outlined here

– NEW — Firefox on Mac OS X now has preliminary VoiceOver support turned on by default.

– NEW — Initial web app support (Windows/Mac/Linux).

– NEW — Acholi and Kazakh localizations added.

– CHANGED — Improvements around JavaScript responsiveness through incremental garbage collection.

– DEVELOPER — New Developer Toolbar with buttons for quick access to tools, error count for the Web Console, and a new command line for quick keyboard access.

– DEVELOPER — CSS3 Animations, Transitions, Transforms and Gradients unprefixed in Firefox 16.

– DEVELOPER — Recently opened files list in Scratchpad implemented.

– FIXED — 16.0.1: Vulnerability outlined here.

– FIXED — Debugger breakpoints do not catch on page reload (783393).

– FIXED — No longer supporting MD5 as a hash algorithm in digital signatures (650355).

– FIXED — Opus support by default (772341).

– FIXED — Reverse animation direction has been implemented (655920).

– FIXED — Per tab reporting in about:memory (687724).

– FIXED — User Agent strings for pre-release Firefox versions now show only major version (728831).

Firefox 16.0.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

iFixit completes, posts full teardown report of fifth-generation iPod touch

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Date: Thursday, October 11th, 2012, 08:06
Category: Hardware, iPod Touch, News

The fifth-generation iPod touch is now available and shipping. And, that being said, it’s time to dissect the new media player to see what makes it tick.

Per the super cool cats at iFixit that posted their most recent teardown, the disassembly also found that the volume buttons, microphone, LED flash and power button are all connected via the same ribbon cable that easily peels from the rear case.

“We’ve seen this type of design in previous Apple products,” the solution provider noted. “The shift to a single ribbon cable is more cost-effective for the manufacturer, but unfortunately it has a negative impact on repairability.”

The battery inside the iPod touch was described as a “Plane Jane” component with a rating of 1030 mAh, an increase from the previous model’s 930mAh. The battery is advertised to provide up to 40 hours of music playback on a single charge.

iFixit also found that the 4-inch Retina display on the fifth-generation iPod touch is inferior to the screen on the iPhone 5. It characterized the iPod touch screen as “a much simpler, cheaper design.”

The teardown also offers a closer look at the 5-megapixel camera Apple has put into the fifth-generation iPod touch. The lens is capable of recording high-definition 1080p video at 30 frames per second.

The full list of parts found in the fifth-generation iPod touch are included below:
– A5 Processor

– Hynix H9TKNNN4KDBRCR 512 MB RAM

– Toshiba THGBX2G8D4JLA01 32 GB NAND flash

– Apple 3381064 dialog power management IC

– Murata 339S0171 Wi-Fi module

– Broadcom BCM 5976 touchscreen controller

– Apple 33831116

– STMicroelectronics AGD32229ESGEK low-power, three-axis gyroscope

– Texas Instruments 27AZ5R1 touchscreen SoC

If you’ve gotten your new iPod touch in the mail and had a chance to play with it, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

Microsoft flatly denies Office for iOS rumor

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Date: Thursday, October 11th, 2012, 08:05
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Well, this was a bit far-fetched to begin with.

Following up on yesterday’s story regarding Microsoft Office arriving for iOS and Mac OS X in 2013, the rumor was crushed via a single tweet from Microsoft corporate communications lead, who stated that the comments made by the Czech team are “inaccurate.”

Still, it was a bit odd that a manager for the company’s Czech marketplace had this sort of information to leak or announce to the public at large.

The wait continues and stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Flip4Mac updated to 3.0.0.126

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Date: Thursday, October 11th, 2012, 07:33
Category: News, Software

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Early Wednesday, software developer Telestream has released version 3.0.0.126 of Flip4Mac, its QuickTime components package which allows for Windows Media files to be viewed, imported and converted under Mac OS X. The new release, a 62.1 megabyte download, includes the following fixes and changes:

New Features:
– Introduced the new Flip Player application for playing, editing, and transcoding video and audio. Flip Player supports unique features such as dimming the background, cropping video, and creation of iPhone ringtones. It also supports exporting to Apple and Telestream applications, exporting to Apple devices, and Windows Media. Flip Player replaces the WMV Player application.

– All software is now signed with a digital certificate from Apple to address security and anti-malware requirements in Gatekeeper.

– Added support for the application/x-ms-wmp mime type.

– Added 64-bit Core Audio support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Fixes:
– Flip4Mac will now continue playing even if it encounters corrupted audio packets, as long as there are enough valid packets to prevent a perceptible problem with the audio.

– Fixed a bug that prevented Flip4Mac from opening local wvx files.

– Fixed a bug that prevented MMS stream playback and resulted in a -19160 error.

– Fixed potential crashes and memory leaks.

– Fixed various issues with QuickTime X Player 10.2 in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Flip4Mac 3.0.0.126 is available for free but can go as high as US$179 depending on the version purchased. The new version requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.