Apple Releases MacBook Pro Firmware Update to Address SATA Interface Speeds

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    Last week, we reported on a discussion in our forums regarding Apple's apparent downgrade of the SATA hard drive interface to 1.5 Gbps in the latest 13" and 15" MacBook Pros when compared to previous-generation MacBook Pros running at 3.0 Gbps. While users were unlikely to max out the 1.5 Gbps transfer rate unless they had installed an aftermarket fast solid state drive (SSD), concern remained about Apple's decision to scale back the interface speed.

    Apple today addressed the issue with the release of MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.7, which allows the new MacBook Pros to utilize the full 3.0 Gbps interface.
    Full details on the update are located in the associated support document, and instructions for installing the update are included in the update application package. The update weighs in at 3.35 MB and requires OS X 10.5.7.

    Article Link: Apple Releases MacBook Pro Firmware Update to Address SATA Interface Speeds
     
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    Well, glad this was addressed. This was an absurd problem.
     
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    Awesome! All those complaints just went "Poof"! :p :cool:
     
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    So basically Apple dumbed down the 3.0 interface because they don't sell 3.0 hard drives..Makes sense. Too bad people got in such an un-needed uproar.
     
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    Now I can pass on my umb to the wife and get the 13" pro for me ;)!
     
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    I'm sure this was a mistake to begin with - something that was overlooked. At least I hope it was..

    Good that it is resolved now.
     
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    Apple would have to go out of their way to get SATA I drives.
     
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    Sweet. I have no idea what I was missing, but I am glad to have it back. :D
     
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    Pheww. Apple had me scared there for a second :p
     
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    That's odd though, as I am sure even the optional SSD upgrades that Apple sells could saturate a 1.5Gbps SATA I connection.

    Oh well, that situation is resolved. I wonder how fast the Wikipedia page will change to reflect that...
     
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    Or just goto a warehouse of a few million they already have.
     
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    An express slot via firmware? :D
     
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    Sounds like the opposite according to Apple :

    "While this update allows drives to use transfer rates greater than 1.5Gbps, Apple has not qualified or offered these drives for Mac notebooks and their use is unsupported."
     
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    Woo Hoo

    Could not come at a more appropriate time! (Off to updating - I had an intuition they would fix it when I bought my wife the new MBP 2 days ago :) )
     
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    There is always something new to complain about.
     
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    So we've never gotten SATA II drives with Apple branding on them?
     
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    This is good news. Apple listened to the end users. Those with new SSDs can now run unfettered. Those of use who might someday upgrade to a SSD can now buy knowing the MBPs will run at the SATA current Spec.
     
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    there you go!!
     

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