News Archive for Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.6:
(Download page linked. Doesn't list the model year(s) or updated smc version)
"About MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.6 (666 KB)
This update addresses a rare issue on some Apple notebooks where a battery that has accumulated more than 1000 charge cycles may unexpectedly shut down or stop functioning.

System Requirements: OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.5, 10.8.2 or later"

Per later revised EFI/SMC updates doc this applies to 13in Mid 2010 MacBook Pro (7,1) and 13in Early 2011 MacBook Pros (8,1) and SMC versions after update are 1.62f7 (MBP 7,1) and 1.68f99 (MBP 8,1).

[BTW: I had one report that the (13in, Early 2011) MBP 8.1 SMC version from the apple doc was not correct (...f98 not f99). Also one reader didn't notice the "13in" model notes, tried to apply it to 15in. Last SMC update for 15in Early 2011 was v1.5, SMC 1.69f3.)
  

MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update 1.8:
(Download page linked. Doesn't list the model year(s) or updated smc version)
"About MacBook Air SMC Update v1.8 (982 KB)
This update addresses a rare issue on some Apple notebooks where a battery that has accumulated more than 1000 charge cycles may unexpectedly shut down or stop functioning.

System Requirements: OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.5, 10.8.2 or later"

(Update: On Feb 13th, the EFI/SMC doc was updated again to finally include MacBook Air SMC Update 1.8 info. Per that doc, SMC 1.8 applies to Late-2010/Mid-2011 MacBook Airs (both 11in and 13in). Version after the SMC 1.8 update is listed as:

  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011): 1.74f4
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011): 1.73f66
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010): 1.67f10
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010): 1.66f61

  
MacBook SMC Firmware Update 1.5:
(Download page linked. Doesn't list the model year(s) or updated smc version)
"About MacBook SMC Firmware Update 1.5 (494 KB)
This update addresses a rare issue on some Apple notebooks where a battery that has accumulated more than 1000 charge cycles may unexpectedly shut down or stop functioning.

System Requirements: OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.5, 10.8.2 or later"

Per later revised EFI/SMC updates doc this applies to 13in, Mid 2010 MacBook (7,1) and SMC version is 1.60f6.
BTW: If any reader updates their 13in/Mid-2011 MacBook with this update, let me know as one reader said the dmg contained other updates. (15/17in MBPs.) I don't own a Macbook to try it and using my work (old) iMac (w/10.5.8) just trying to mount the dmg (d/l) shows a warning that it's damaged. (Verify fails on MacBookSMCUpdate1.5.dmg file downloaded 1/31/2013. 496kb)
  

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Recent Articles/Tips/Tweaks/Reviews:
Listing/links of updates to mod/upgrade articles, tips and reviews you may have missed. (DIY Fusion drives, Low-Cost 2006 Mac Mini CPU Upgrades/unofficial EFI updates, Early Mac Pro CPU Upgrades/Unofficial EFI Updates, 2012 Mac Mini HDMI video problems/display tips/USB 3.0 interference, mods and more)
  
Previous news summary:
    Tuesday Jan. 29, 2013 News Archive
  • Apple Increases iPad with Retina Display to 128GB (press release)
  • How do I move files from iCloud to Mac?
  • Does Apple Still Have the Leadership It Needs?
  • DIY fixes (recap) for iPhone disabled WiFi (if iOS 6.1 didn't fix)
  • THX's (iOS) App Makes Sure Your Home Theater is Set Up Perfectly
  • XBMC 12 Frodo released (AudioEngine not yet avail for OS X/iOS)
  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 3 (14.3.0)
  • Microsoft tweaks Mac Office, makes it rental
  • Seven 'must have' apps for your new Mac
  • Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:
    - iCloud: About using iWork for iOS and iCloud
    - OS X: About Back to My Mac security with iCloud
    - iTunes: Restoring iOS software
    - iTunes Match on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
    - About Remote app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    - Downloading past purchases from the App/iBookstore/iTunes Store
    - iOS 6: About Reminders
    - iOS 6: Using Maps
  • Other News/Reviews/Alerts/Op-Ed/OT:
    - Bowers & Wilkins A5 Review
    - Pioneer Elite SC-61 Receiver Review
    - Philips Exits Consumer Electronics
    - Millions of PCs exposed through network bugs
    - Disable UPnP On Your Router To Avoid A Serious Set Of Security Bugs
    - Cisco KB page with list of their UPnP bug affected products
    - The rEFInd boot loader for UEFI Systems: A life (and sanity) saver
    - House panel demands answers regarding Swartz prosecution
    - Dish pulls out while DOJ steps in on Softbank/Sprint merger
    - How to build an 'All-in-One' PC
    - Man Renovates Home on GitHub

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