When the 2012 MacBook Pros were released, we found that SATA 3.0 SSDs—such as the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G and the Mercury Electra 6G—exhibited poor performance and reliability in the 13-inch model when installed in the optical bay via an OWC Data Doubler, while the same SSDs in the 15-inch model worked just fine.
This was similar to what happened in 2011, where (ironically enough) the 13-inch models were the only ones able to handle our Mercury 6G SSDs in the optical bay at first. Eventually, though, an Apple firmware update resolved the problems in the 15-inch and 17-inch models in the main drive bay.
As it turns out, the same thing happened to the 2012 models. Yesterday’s EFI Update 2.9 for MacBook Pro appears to have fixed the problem. Article Continues…
It turns out that Apple wasn’t content to simply release iOS 6 yesterday; Many OS X users were treated to updates as well. Granted, many of these updates added more interoperability with iOS 6, but each of these updates also addressed ongoing problems too, so you may want to update your Mac, even if you’re not planning on moving to iOS 6.
So, let’s take a look at what was updated.
- iOS 6 – This was the biggie for the day. See yesterday’s article for more info.
- OS X 10.8.2 – A bunch of little updates, including Facebook sharing integration, Power Nap support for the Late 2010 MacBook Air, and a number of iOS 6 interoperability options.
- OS X 10.7.5 – Lion users got an actual “point” upgrade, too. The most notable upgrade here is the addition of Apple’s Gatekeeper security feature.
- Security Update 20012-004 – 10.6.x Users also got at least a little something; a general security update that covered updates for 10.7.5 and 10.8.2
- Safari 6.0.1 – This adds some security measures to protect against maliciously-coded Web pages. It’s not a separate download; it’s currently only available when updating to 10.8.2 or 10.7.5
- Aperture 3.4 - This adds Shared Photo Stream support, along with other functionality and performance updates.
- iPhoto 9.4 - adds Share Photo Stream support, enhanced Facebook capabilities, new themes, and other improvements.
- Xcode 4.5 – This added 10.8 and iOS 6 SDKs, as well as other workflow updates.
- There are also a number of firmware updates. While there’s often a list of what this firmware addresses, there are often other “undocumented bonuses” to a firmware update, so you may want to upgrade anyway. You never know what kinds of extra performance benefits Apple may unofficially add, so if you’ve got one of these machines, it’s probably in your best interest to update:
And while you’re running software updates, if you’ve got Microsoft Office 2008 or 2011, you may want to hit their updater as well, as both versions just got bumped up a little. 2008 consists mostly of stability updates, while 2011 gets Retina graphics support, as well as several updates to Outlook.
Avast, ye mateys! Heave your Software Update to port and prepare to board; for today isn’t just International Talk Like a Pirate Day, it also be the day that Apple unleashes iOS 6 upon us all.
Now fetch me some grog ye scurvy bilge rats lest I keel-haul ye then send yer carcass to Davy Jones’s locker. Arrrrrr!
Excuse me. Don’t know what came over me there…
In case you missed the news from last week, iOS 6 is supposed to be dropped today, with all the new features that we’ve been hearing about since it was announced at the WWDC in June: a new Maps app with Yelp integration and 3D buildings, better integration with iCloud and social apps, FaceTime chat over cellular networks (for carriers who support it), enhanced Siri functions, shared photo streams, Passbook, enhanced browsing and Mail, and even new Camera functions. Article Continues…
Now that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has been released, it’s time to look into all that’s required to upgrade. We touched on this a little bit late last week, but if you’re going to update, now’s the time to really double-check to make sure you’ve got everything ready for a switchover.
Fortunately, we’re here to help, with our Mountain Lion Compatibility and Transition Guide. There, you’ll find an extensive list of hardware and software that’s been tested (or will be tested shortly) with Mountain Lion for compatibility.
Once you’ve made sure your computer can run 10.8 and everything else in your system will work with it, you can then back up your system to an external drive (not necessary, but highly recommended – just in case), sign in to the Mac App Store (10.6.8 or later required), download the installer and update away!
Early adopters… let us know how it goes in the comments.
Well, another Apple Event has come and gone. As per usual at these events, things started out with the requisite Apple cheerleading…
- iPad “reinvented” portable computing.
- “Post PC” Devices making up 76% of Apple’s sales.
- 25 billion apps downloaded from the App Store.
- Apple stores all around the world – turnout is astronomical.
and so on. If you want to hear all that for yourself, you can view the whole presentation on Apple’s Events site.
Finally, though, Tim Cook and Company got down off the soapbox and started talking about the things we were looking for: new hardware and software.
Cook started out by talking about Siri and how it’s easily his favorite feature. He then went on to mention that the service will now be available in Japan today – in iOS 5.1. Other announcements were made (we’ll get to those in a sec), and the only other mention was that the stock apps were updated to take advantage of the new hardware. Article Continues…