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Apple Releases Patch to Fix Power, USB Problems in MacBooks

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Apple quietly released an update for recently released MacBook Air and MacBook Pro devices.

Simply called the "MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 1.0", the 77 MB download for OS X 10.7.4 addresses power consumption and USB compatibility issues that have affected buyers of notebooks that were released last month.

Apple maintained its tradition and remained secretive about the changes and possible effects, and simply stated that "this update fixes an issue that can lead to increased CPU power consumption, and it improves compatibility with some USB devices."

There was no information what may have caused the power problem and how much the fix will improve the power consumption performance of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Apple Insider noted that there have been several complaints about USB port failures with "certain" external hard drives.

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    Idonno , July 22, 2012 11:06 AM
    OMG, you mean Apple isn't perfect! Who would have guessed? I'll take an Asus Zen over a MacBook Air any day.
    Of course to be honest that really isn't saying much since I'd also use an abacus before I gave Apple any money towards a computer and two cups and a string before I gave them anything towards a phone.

    And yea, I realize that's a little over the top but, that's just how deep it goes!
  • 13 Hide
    Anonymous , July 22, 2012 2:35 PM
    What? they didnt blame the issues on "Your holding/using it wrong?"
  • 12 Hide
    A Bad Day , July 22, 2012 6:29 PM
    I pity those who think Apple's software is bug-free.

    NOT.
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  • 21 Hide
    Idonno , July 22, 2012 11:06 AM
    OMG, you mean Apple isn't perfect! Who would have guessed? I'll take an Asus Zen over a MacBook Air any day.
    Of course to be honest that really isn't saying much since I'd also use an abacus before I gave Apple any money towards a computer and two cups and a string before I gave them anything towards a phone.

    And yea, I realize that's a little over the top but, that's just how deep it goes!
  • 5 Hide
    mortuum , July 22, 2012 11:15 AM
    Apple seems to have a lot if issues with power management. We've heard a lot of rumors about exploding iphones and whatnot, a few months ago we had a recall of 1st gen and 2nd gen ipods and before that a patch for ipod touch. I guess for a company that won't conform to eco-friendly business models energy waste is in the price...
  • 6 Hide
    ojas , July 22, 2012 11:55 AM
    They should hold another WWDC to announce this revolutionary update.
  • 11 Hide
    freggo , July 22, 2012 12:48 PM
    77MB of code to fix a "compatibility" issue ?
  • 9 Hide
    knight_of_baawa , July 22, 2012 1:58 PM
    What--did Apple run out of Magic Unicorn Dust so that they actually have to resort to patching their OS, admitting that it's their problem and not in the way someone holds the product?
  • 13 Hide
    Anonymous , July 22, 2012 2:35 PM
    What? they didnt blame the issues on "Your holding/using it wrong?"
  • 7 Hide
    memadmax , July 22, 2012 3:46 PM
    77mb is about the size of the windows 7 service pack if you use Windows Update to install it(not the stand alone package)

    Smells like a service pack to me! =D
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    amk-aka-Phantom , July 22, 2012 5:47 PM
    Since when is a simple patch news?

    I find it disgusting how they don't even state what exactly was improved and by how much.

    On the bright side, at least they actually did something about it.
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    A Bad Day , July 22, 2012 6:29 PM
    I pity those who think Apple's software is bug-free.

    NOT.
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    del35 , July 22, 2012 7:23 PM
    Anyone dumb enough to buy an Apple product deserves hell^n as n-> infinity.
  • 5 Hide
    del35 , July 22, 2012 7:25 PM
    Sorry, forgot to mention that hell is a number greater than one.
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    palladin9479 , July 23, 2012 12:13 AM
    Quote:
    What--did Apple run out of Magic Unicorn Dust so that they actually have to resort to patching their OS, admitting that it's their problem and not in the way someone holds the product?


    Dude it's the economy. Importing Unicorn dust from Rainbowland is expensive and their looking to cut costs. Paying Indian programmers to fix the problem is cheaper then importing Unicorn Dust from Rainbowland. So sad when you've gotta actually resort to fixing problems rather then making them magically go away. What's the world coming to, next they'll be fixing security loopholes and antivirus software, the shame of it.
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    sundragon , July 23, 2012 4:26 AM
    IdonnoOMG, you mean Apple isn't perfect! Who would have guessed? I'll take an Asus Zen over a MacBook Air any day. Of course to be honest that really isn't saying much since I'd also use an abacus before I gave Apple any money towards a computer and two cups and a string before I gave them anything towards a phone.And yea, I realize that's a little over the top but, that's just how deep it goes!


    Anti-apple holy war on the forums by a bunch of sexless, pubescent, teens...

    http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lowk8ifYRa1qcxgplo1_500.png

    You may need to have some sex and take a chill pill, believe me, it works ;) 

    "And yea, I realize that's a little over the top but, that's just how deep it goes!" LMAO!!!!

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    sundragon , July 23, 2012 4:31 AM
    amk-aka-PhantomSince when is a simple patch news?I find it disgusting how they don't even state what exactly was improved and by how much.On the bright side, at least they actually did something about it.


    Next, we'll have updates about my roommate's Dell Optiplex and it's power supply.

    Can we have real news updates that don't appear a week before on other sites and less of this crap. Tom's, I love you, but this isn't news (Unless your planning on posting this for every hardware company). My Belkin USB hub had a firmware update this week, why didn't you post about that? LMAO :) 
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    sundragon , July 23, 2012 4:37 AM
    K2N haterYou guys done with the bashing?


    LMAO :) 

    /sarcasm

    "APPLE UPDATE?!!? I WANNA PUNCH A BABY!!! RAAAWWWRRRR"

    /sarcasm
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    ricdiculus , July 23, 2012 6:10 PM
    K2N haterYou guys done with the bashing?


    Umm.... No.
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    eddieroolz , July 23, 2012 6:16 PM
    Just another day at Tom's, with the first comment being how Zenbook is better. Here's a heads up people: all products have flaws.
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    sapathy , July 23, 2012 9:12 PM
    @Idonno That's just dumb.
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    Idonno , July 25, 2012 5:21 PM
    sapathy@Idonno That's just dumb.
    You may think so but, I believe in the power of consumerism so I link my spending with my conscience. I do my best not to give money to companies I find morally repugnant.