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Old Feb 12, 2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Apple Releases Firmware Battery Fix for 2010/2011 MacBook Pro 15- and 17-Inch Models




Apple today released MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.7, addressing an issue related to batteries with more than 1000 charge cycles. The update applies to Mid 2010 and Early 2011 models of the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro and is a complement to earlier updates addressing the same issue for other machines.
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About MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.7

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.
The update is a 1 MB download and requires OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.5, or 10.8.2.

Article Link: Apple Releases Firmware Battery Fix for 2010/2011 MacBook Pro 15- and 17-Inch Models
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 03:13 PM   #2
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Updates a few days ago. Now updates for different macs.

10.8.3 out tomorrow or thursday.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 03:18 PM   #3
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Updates a few days ago. Now updates for different macs.

10.8.3 out tomorrow or thursday.
What bug fixes does it have?
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 03:23 PM   #4
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1000 cycles? How on earth does a 2011 MacBook Pro reach 1000 cycles that fast? Crazy! Must be that 0.000001% of the Apple-owning population that reaches such a number.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 03:25 PM   #5
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Oh yeah, Apple used to make a 17" laptop... Thanks for reminding me.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 03:41 PM   #6
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Oh yeah, Apple used to make a 17" laptop... Thanks for reminding me.
Yes, I love mine.

I works even better hooked up to a 37" LCD -- or -- 4 22" LG monitors at the trade show. (But my "blind self" loves the 17" when I'm out and about or just couch-surfing.)
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 03:28 PM   #7
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1000 cycles? How on earth does a 2011 MacBook Pro reach 1000 cycles that fast? Crazy! Must be that 0.000001% of the Apple-owning population that reaches such a number.
But lots will in the future, so it prevents lots of future bar visits :P
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 07:37 PM   #8
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1000 cycles? How on earth does a 2011 MacBook Pro reach 1000 cycles that fast? Crazy! Must be that 0.000001% of the Apple-owning population that reaches such a number.
if they cycle the battery once *EVERY DAY*, it would only take 2.7 years to reach 1000 cycles.

Edit: My 2010 MBP has only 30 cycles!
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 10:05 PM   #9
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if they cycle the battery once *EVERY DAY*, it would only take 2.7 years to reach 1000 cycles.

Edit: My 2010 MBP has only 30 cycles!
Aw man, you beat me. My 2010 MBP has 38, which surprised me. Even though I use it plugged in most of the time, I thought I would have cycled it more than that.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 04:51 AM   #10
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1000 cycles? How on earth does a 2011 MacBook Pro reach 1000 cycles that fast? Crazy! Must be that 0.000001% of the Apple-owning population that reaches such a number.
I believe that my previous battery (which was not old - about 100 cycles) suddenly died because of the same problem.
And I am far from being alone! Just lookup the "Service Battery" problem in Google: the significant part of complains about dead batteries are related to 2010/2011 MBP models, and these batteries had an acceptable count of cycles.
The whole story makes me think that Apple did not want to take responsibility for broken batteries, to admit their fault,
and that is why they set a very high number of cycles in their note.

So, I am glad that I did not paid extra money to get a new replacement battery from Apple directly
(since this problem was their fault, they do not deserve my hard earned money)
Instead, I got it from eBay top-rated seller plugplayers , $76 with shipping, and luckily it turned out to be genuine.
Was almost two times cheaper than from Apple. However, if we compare with Apple "premium" service,
there were some minor issues:
1) I had to wait the battery for about one month (was using power adapter all the time,
and because there were not battery inside the MBP, it was downclocked automatically,
probably to prevent shutdowns caused by a sudden increases in power consumption)
2) I had to buy a 38-Piece Set from DX, so I could unscrew the nasty triangle screws
(to be fair, that increased the total cost of replacement to $86)
3) I had to do the battery replacement work by myself (was not hard, really)
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 05:02 AM   #11
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I believe that my previous battery (which was not old - about 100 cycles) suddenly died because of the same problem.
And I am far from being alone! Just lookup the "Service Battery" problem in Google: the significant part of complains about dead batteries are related to 2010/2011 MBP models, and these batteries had an acceptable count of cycles.
The whole story makes me think that Apple did not want to take responsibility for broken batteries, to admit their fault,
and that is why they set a very high number of cycles in their note.

So, I am glad that I did not paid extra money to get a new replacement battery from Apple directly
(since this problem was their fault, they do not deserve my hard earned money)
Instead, I got it from eBay top-rated seller plugplayers , $76 with shipping, and luckily it turned out to be genuine.
Was almost two times cheaper than from Apple. However, if we compare with Apple "premium" service,
there were some minor issues:
1) I had to wait the battery for about one month (was using power adapter all the time,
and because there were not battery inside the MBP, it was downclocked automatically,
probably to prevent shutdowns caused by a sudden increases in power consumption)
2) I had to buy a 38-Piece Set from DX, so I could unscrew the nasty triangle screws
(to be fair, that increased the total cost of replacement to $86)
3) I had to do the battery replacement work by myself (was not hard, really)
Cool story, bro But for $44,
it was stupid to go through all the hassle
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Old Apr 14, 2013, 04:49 AM   #12
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1000 cycles? How on earth does a 2011 MacBook Pro reach 1000 cycles that fast? Crazy! Must be that 0.000001% of the Apple-owning population that reaches such a number.
When I was in school I was using 2-3 full cycles a day, so a thousand cycles in a year was easy!
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 03:39 PM   #14
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Holy hell! Did not know this was an issue! My 2010 is over 1000cycles too!


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1000 cycles? How on earth does a 2011 MacBook Pro reach 1000 cycles that fast? Crazy! Must be that 0.000001% of the Apple-owning population that reaches such a number.
I agree, but if you bought it new when they released in 2011 that's nearly 2 years now!

My 2010 (July) is at 1116!
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Updates a few days ago. Now updates for different macs.

10.8.3 out tomorrow or thursday.
Hopefully 10.9, not 10.8.3. Although both would be good too
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660 cycle count??

early 2011 15'' macbook pro and i have 660 cycle count... wwhhhhaaaaattt?
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 03:24 PM   #17
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It makes safari snappier on my rMBP 15".

Sorry, had to. Give me 10.8.3 already.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 03:42 PM   #18
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I wish Apple would release an updated 17" MBP. Don't need retina or DVD drive, though the improved cooling system would be nice. I know it's not going to happen, which is why I'll be hanging on to my 2011 until it dies.
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I wish Apple would release an updated 17" MBP. Don't need retina or DVD drive, though the improved cooling system would be nice. I know it's not going to happen, which is why I'll be hanging on to my 2011 until it dies.
Ditto..........
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 05:12 PM   #20
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Apparently Late 2011 models are effected as well. The update was available for my machine. Macbook Pro 8,2
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2011 2.2 is my mbp, but i'm not going to update. Probably would sell it before it reach 500 cycle mark
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2011 2.2 is my mbp, but i'm not going to update. Probably would sell it before it reach 500 cycle mark
My 2010 i5 15" Macbook Pro has 1100 cycles and the battery seems as strong as ever.

Update worked fine.
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My 2010 i5 15" Macbook Pro has 1100 cycles and the battery seems as strong as ever.

Update worked fine.
Cheers, good to know.
I also updated couple of days ago without a glitch.
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I now have LESS capacity?

OK, just did update on my LATE 2011 model, and now max battery capacity is 6230mAh, which is 90% of original 6900mAh. I use the app coconutBattery, and I did a test on the 6th of Feb, one week ago, and had 94% capacity, or 6459mAh. I don't think I would have dropped 4% in one week. I even ran my machine down to 2% power yesterday and did a full charge last night.

Just curious, I'd like to see someone check capacity just before and after doing this update.
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OK, just did update on my LATE 2011 model, and now max battery capacity is 6230mAh, which is 90% of original 6900mAh. I use the app coconutBattery, and I did a test on the 6th of Feb, one week ago, and had 94% capacity, or 6459mAh. I don't think I would have dropped 4% in one week. I even ran my machine down to 2% power yesterday and did a full charge last night.

Just curious, I'd like to see someone check capacity just before and after doing this update.
I have an early 2011 13" MBP and did the similar update for this model two weeks ago. I'm unsure if the firmware update is the actual cause...but I never noticed battery issues before. Certainly a month ago the battery seemed fine. In the past fortnight I noticed I could no longer get an hour out of my system.

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Charge Information:
Charge Remaining (mAh): 306
Fully Charged: Yes
Charging: No
Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 311
Health Information:
Cycle Count: 273
Condition: Service Battery
Original capacity is 5770mAh, so I'm at 5% now.

Anyway, posting that for the hell of it. If anyone knows of any issues after the 13" update it'd be appreciated. Going to visit the Apple store on Saturday and see what I can do about it anyway.
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