Apple releases MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9, addresses sleep issue with mid-2011 MacBook Air [Update!]

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Date: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 10:12
Category: MacBook Air, News, Software

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With any luck, this will work.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple released its MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9 late Monday. The update, a 4.3 MB download, addresses a sleep issue with the mid-2011 MacBook Air notebook:

- This update is recommended for MacBook Air (Mid 2011) models. This update addresses an issue where systems may take longer to wake from sleep than expected and fixes a rare issue that may cause fans to run at full speed after waking from sleep.

The update can be directly downloaded from Apple’s web site or located and installed via OS X’s Software update feature.

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

Update! :

Some users have been reporting problems with the EFI update. In some cases, users’ computers would not restart after installation. In others the update would appear to install, but when the laptop restarts, the update is not applied, appears as installed in the App Store app, and STILL shows up as needing to be installed. Multiple attempts at the install simply add an identical entry to the list of installed software with no changes to the computers firmware.

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I personally ran into the latter situation. My Macbook Air is still working fine, but the firmware did not update. People are also having problems with the separate installer downloaded from Apple’s web site. We highly recommend that if you have not updated yet that you hold off until more data can be collected and Apple possibly deploys an update to the update.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

Jonathan Zdziarski’s talk at hacker conferences shows backdoors on every iOS device, questionable services being run

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Date: Monday, July 21st, 2014, 16:25
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security

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There’s apparently a back door access point on every iOS device on the market.

Per The Apple Core, forensic scientist and author Jonathan Zdziarski has posted the slides (in PDF format) from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference in New York called Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices.

Zdziarski, better known as the hacker “NerveGas” in the iPhone development community, worked as dev-team member on many of the early iOS jailbreaks and is the author of five iOS-related O’Reilly books including “Hacking and Securing iOS Applications.”

In December 2013, an NSA program dubbed DROPOUTJEEP was reveled by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum that reportedly gave the agency almost complete access to the iPhone.

The leaked document, dated 2008, noted that the malware required “implant via close access methods” (presumably physical access to the iPhone) but ominously noted that “a remote installation capability will be pursued for a future release.”

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Rumor: Apple to begin mass production of 4.6-inch model iPhone 6 in July, 5.5-inch model in August

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Date: Friday, July 18th, 2014, 06:30
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Apple’s iPhone 6 could start seeing mass production this month and next month, depending on the model in question.

Per Taiwan’s Economic Daily News and AppleInsider, Apple supplier Foxconn will begin production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in the third week of July while a rumored 5.5-inch model is to hit the assembly line in the second week of August.

The publication noted a separate Chinese news service report that said the head of China’s Henan Provincial Commerce Department made comments that Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, is looking to hire some 100,000 workers to cope with expectedly high demand for the upcoming handsets. That figure echoes a previous rumor from June, but today’s report adds partner supplier Pegatron is also preparing to hire some 10,000 employees for its part of Apple’s order.

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Leaked photo of purported 1,800 mAh iPhone 6 battery surfaces

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Date: Thursday, July 17th, 2014, 10:20
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Pictures

Additional evidence of Apple’s next-gen battery for its upcoming iPhone 6 handset has surfaced. Per French web site Nowhereelse.fr, a picture has been leaked of Apple’s purported 4.7-inch iPhone 6 battery, which is rumored to bump the handset’s battery capacity to 1,800 mAh from the iPhone 5s’s 1,500 mAh unit.

The pictured parts bear a capacity rating of 1,810 mAh and appear to be manufactured by Desay Battery, a supplier previously rumored to have been certified by Apple for the iPhone 6.

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Purported iPhone 6 Touch ID sensor image leaked, minimal changes seen from iPhone 5s model

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Date: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014, 12:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures

An image of the purported iPhone 6 Touch ID sensor has leaked.

Unfortunately, it’s not a radical departure from the current iPhone 5s iPhone sensor, save for where the screw holes are located.

Per French web site Nowhereelse.fr and Electronista, the part is thought to fit in the anticipated 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model.

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Rumor: Taiwan-based Simplo Technologies resolves iPhone 6 battery production issues

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Date: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, 11:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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A new manufacturer might have resolved the battery problem for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset.

Per Taiwan’s Economic Daily News and GforGames, Taiwan-based Simplo Technologies is said to have been able to craft batteries thin and flexible enough for the so-called “iPhone 6,” a feat apparently not able to be matched by current suppliers Samsung and LG Chemical.

Reports that Apple’s new 5.5-inch “phablet” may be delayed first surfaced in April. The device’s design is said to call for a battery less than 2 millimeters tall, a significant reduction from the current generation.

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Apple is looking to employees to test its new Photos app

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Date: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, 08:24
Category: Apple, Mac, News, Opinion, OS X, photos, Pictures, Pro Apps, Software

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We’ve mentioned in a previous post that Apple plans to replace the once venerated pro-level photo management app, Aperture, and presumably iPhoto as well, with an all new application called simply Photos. Now Apple is looking for someone to put it through its paces, and looking no further than its own collective of employees.

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Apple expands iPad, iPhone trade-in program to Australian market

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Date: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, 06:31
Category: iPad, iPhone, News, retail

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Apple’s iPhone and iPad trade-in program is coming to the land down under.

Per MacRumors, Apple today expanded its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to Australia, giving customers who trade in an older device credit towards the purchase of a new device. Users who trade in an iPhone can earn up to A$250, while users who trade in an iPad can get up to A$215.

Apple’s current press release states that the iPhone 5s, 5c, and iPad Air are not eligible for the credit, nor are first-generation devices like the iPhone 3GS or the original iPad. All other devices are eligible, however, and Apple will still recycle original models for free.

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Apple launches developer blog for Swift programming language

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Date: Monday, July 14th, 2014, 16:09
Category: News, Software

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A little transparency goes a long way.

Following the announcement of its new Swift programming language for iOS and OS X, Apple has launched its Swift developer blog, which is designed to bring Swift-based news, updates and information to the public.

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Rumor: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may see production delays, be delayed until 2015

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Date: Monday, July 14th, 2014, 06:09
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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You might have to wait a bit longer for the larger version of the iPhone 6.

Per AppleInsider, Apple may be having production issues with its new in-cell touchscreen panel, as well as color unevenness on the new “iPhone 6″ metal casing, thus causing the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 to be pushed back to 2015.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record in revealing Apple’s future product plans, issued a note on Sunday. In it, he revealed that while Apple’s 4.7-inch “iPhone 6″ is still expected to debut this fall, the larger 5.5-inch model could be introduced at a later date.

According to Kuo, Apple is already facing production bottlenecks on the 4.7-inch model related to the new technology for the device’s in-cell touch panel, as well as color unevenness on the redesigned “iPhone 6″ metal casing. Those problems are said to be even worse with the larger 5.5-inch model.

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