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Apple releases MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 for mid-2015 Retina MacBook Pro units

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Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, 05:19
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software

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If you were having problems with the flash storage on your swanky new 2015 Retina display MacBook Pro, this might be the solution.

Apple has issued the first firmware update for the 2015 Retina MacBook Pro notebooks. The update, labeled “MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0″, is intended for the new MacBook Pros with Force Touch trackpads and is intended to fix an issue with flash storage and prevent potential data corruption.

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Reserve Strap, other outfits, eye Apple Watch diagnostic port for accessories

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Date: Monday, May 4th, 2015, 08:41
Category: Accessory, Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Sometimes it’s the lesser known ports that allow for the best peripherals.

A number of third party vendors are looking to use the small diagnostic port hidden inside one of the Apple Watch’s lugs to charge the device. One accessory maker discussed this approach, opening up the possibility of a “Made for Apple Watch” program down the line.

“Our engineers have been able to independently confirm that the 6-pin diagnostic port underneath the Apple Watch case can be used for charging,” the designers of battery band Reserve Strap wrote in a recent post. This is an undocumented functionality, and there is no word on whether Apple will allow continued access via the port.

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Recent wave of Apple hiring may point to effort to improve iOS device batteries

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 08:45
Category: battery, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News

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It’s the hiring cycles that show where a company’s going.

Apple has been looking to make significant additions to its battery technology team since the beginning of March, with a special emphasis on iOS devices, newly listed positions available at the company reveal.

At least nine listings posted within the last month are directly connected to battery technology. Some examples include openings for a hardware manager, a firmware development manager, a battery pack engineering manager, a cell engineer, and an electrical engineer.
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Uncovered documents point towards CIA-sponsored program to break iOS device encryption, install backdoors

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 09:45
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

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When the CIA sponsors a full-on “jamboree” focused on breaking the security found in the iPhone and iPad, there’s something to be said for that.

According to recently obtained top-secret documents, security researchers were gathered at a CIA-sponsored “Jamboree” event wherein attendees discussed strategies for exploiting security flaws in household and commercial electronics. The conferences have spanned nearly a decade, with the first CIA-sponsored meeting taking place a year before the first iPhone was released.

By targeting essential security keys used to encrypt data stored on Apple’s devices, the researchers sought to thwart the company’s attempts to provide mobile security to hundreds of millions of Apple customers across the globe. Studying both “physical” and “non-invasive” techniques, U.S. government-sponsored research has been aimed at discovering ways to decrypt and ultimately penetrate Apple’s encrypted firmware. This could enable spies to plant malicious code on Apple devices and seek out potential vulnerabilities in other parts of the iPhone and iPad currently masked by encryption.

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Apple quietly adds HomeKit support for third-gen Apple TV units

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Date: Wednesday, September 24th, 2014, 12:21
Category: Apple TV, iOS, News, Software

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It wasn’t a huge update, but it’s interesting.

According to Forbes, Apple released an Apple TV update allowing for third generation units of the media device to support HomeKit, Apple’s protocol for allowing connected home gadgets to connect safely and easily in iOS.

The update means that Apple TV could be the hub that unifies the fragmented smart home industry, allowing you to turn on your lights or unlock your door from an iPhone remotely using Apple TV as a bridge device. Apple TV has both Bluetooth low energy and Wi-Fi wireless technologies, both of which Apple has made clear are the primary technologies that connected devices will communicate in the iOS environment. Apple TV is a device that is always on in your home, making it ideal as a hub to communicate with smart devices.

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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!

 

 

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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Apple hires two more Nike FuelBand engineers, looks to be focusing on wearable/fitness project

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Date: Thursday, July 10th, 2014, 00:50
Category: News, Wearables

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It all comes down to the recent hires.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple has apparently snagged two former Nike FuelBand engineers for what could be its wearable technologies/iWatch project. The new hires are Jon Gale, who wrote FuelBand firmware code for Nike and Ryan Bailey, who worked as a hardware engineer on the FuelBand team. While not officially confirmed by Apple, it’s been surmised that the two will be working on an Apple fitness tracking device effort

Mr. Gale’s title at Apple is Sensing Systems Engineer, according to his LinkedIn profile, and Mr. Bailey is a Mechanical Design Engineer. Both have plenty of experience with the FuelBand fitness tracker.

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Apple releases MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.8 for mid-2013, early-2014 MacBook Air notebooks, addresses sleep, peripheral issues

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Date: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 10:46
Category: MacBook Air, News, Software

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This might prove helpful.

On Wednesday, Apple released its MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.8 for the mid-2013 and early-2014 MacBook Air notebooks. The update, a 4.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Improves reliability when waking from sleep and when booting while certain USB and Thunderbolt devices are connected.

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Apple releases MacBook Air SMC 2.0, looks to resolve battery drain issue in 2013 MacBook Air notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 10:38
Category: battery, MacBook Air, News, Software

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If you were having some battery issues with your 2013 MacBook Air notebook, this might be the answer.

On Monday, Apple released its MacBook Air SMC Update 2.0. The update, an 804 kilobyte download, addresses an issue wherein the notebook continues to use the battery when its lid is closed (a time when it should be in a low power mode).

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