Apple Releases Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1.1

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has released an update to mid-2012 MacBook Pro models to fix an issue with some Thunderbolt cables. The 442KB update is available via Apple's support site and the Mac App Store.
    Article Link: Apple Releases Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1.1
  2. macrumors 68030


    Nov 23, 2011
    Phew, thank goodness they released this! Now my £2000 worth of Thunderbolt cables will work perfectly with my £1000 laptop. :rolleyes: ;)
  3. macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    I think i've lost count of how many 'Thunderbolt' updates there have been since original release.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2012
    Hopefully this will fix the weirdness with the Ethernet adapter.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    When are they going to update the price of Thunderbolt accessories?
  6. macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2011
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    When is thunderbolt going to be affordable? It's been quite a while since it was released...
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2002
    What kind of weirdness? Mine works flawlessly as far as i can tell...

    On second thought: Is this targetted explicitly to non-Retina MBP's? Not required on my rMBP according to the installer.
  8. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    Bah! I have Thunderbolt Display, famous for USB ports not working correctly from time-to-time. I got all excited and read the headline as "Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update".
  9. macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    Not compatible with 15" retina :(.

    Was hoping it may fix the random freezing when I plug in my Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    I've never witnessed this :) which is a plus
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2009
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Do tell...I have one and wondered if it was performing as it should.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2004
    I still say it should be called "Lightning Bolt" ;)
  13. macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2012
    So when are they going to fix the MacPro computers that do not have Thunderbolt?
    You know those professional computers who's users are the ones most likely to adopt a technology like Thunderbolt, which was designed to be as fast as possible for professional use!
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2006
  15. macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2012
    im also kinda wondering when there will be actual Thunderbolt accessories besides $50 cables and $1000+ hard drive arrays?!

    By the time Belkin actually releases its long awaited Thunderbolt breakout box, Apple will have already moved on to the next gen Applebolt standard declaring Thunderbolt a slow and obsolete technology, of course they will gladly sell you a $39 dongle so you can connect at least some of your antique accessories to the new port.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2009
    I don't have that specific issue, but sometimes it does get a bit wonky upon waking and drops the network. The solution has always been to unplug and replug the TB cable -- unplugging the Ethernet cable doesn't do squat when the in line chips are confused.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2011
    I believe we are going to see a difference to thunderbolt devices' price (and a much bigger number to chose from) when PCs will adopt this technology as mainstream. They have just started to do that.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012
    they still haven't fixed issue regarding external HDMI display using minidisplay port.... i just applied the patch on my MBP 13" mid-2012 ML 10.8.2 build 12C60 :mad:
  19. macrumors 68040


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I saw this coming. It's like Firewire all over again, only worse because at least Firewire peripherals (such as disks) were somewhat affordable and widely available quickly after release, whereas Thunderbolt peripherals are still overpriced and unavailable.

    Sad, because technically thunderbolt is an amazing interface.
  20. macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Can you guys come up with more TB accessories and lower their price before you update my machine?
  21. macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    I guess I don't understand. It comes standard on all current models. Peripherals are pretty much the same cost as FW800 versions or eSATA versions. What's the issue?
  22. hfg
    macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    I seem to recall (from a year or two ago) that there is, or will be, a "Lightning Bolt" version of this. It is optical using fiber-optics in the cable rather than copper wire. Pictures of it were showing it as part of the USB-3 port rather than minidisplay-port and the optic cables were in 2 corners of the connector (the light transmitters/receivers were built in the devices and coupled to the fiber). They indicated that the optical version would run much faster than the wire version, didn't require active electronics in the cables ($$$), and could be available some time after the Thunderbolt was released.

    I haven't seen much about it since ... so perhaps it is still being engineered to work?
  23. macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2011
    Same with me. Flakey problem, sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. Connect the laptop to the TB display, and the USB ports don't connect. I use the USB keyboard, so it's a pretty serious issue. Good thing the trackpad is bluetooth! Only fix I've found is to do a full restart of the machine while it's connected to the display.

    If I wanted to reboot my machine in order to get the keyboard to work, I could just use Windows!
  24. macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2009
    Wilts., UK
    Ah, that's why it hasn't appeared in App Store for me then :rolleyes:

    I have :(
  25. macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2004
    Hey thanks, I now feel vindicated. I received a lot of flack when I posted this idea before. If you're right then it all makes sense. :)

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