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The iPhone moved 1 million units this weekend. Word of new peripherals for the phone such as the new "Gamebone" controller, seen here, has started to circulate.  (Source: Kotaku)

SATA on the new MacBook Pros was also uncrippled, thanks to an EFI (BIOS) update.  (Source: Apple)
There's lots going on in Cupertino

The last couple of days have been packed with Apple news, both good and bad.  On Friday, the new iPhone 3G S debuted and prepared to invade the pockets of users across the nation.  Monday brought word that many customers had been met with activation problems and Apple was issuing them gift cards to compensate.

Now more details about the launch have been released by Apple.  The Cupertino giant reported that it sold 1 million iPhones during the launch weekend, easily eclipsing the modest 100,000 launch weekend sales of the Palm Pre, the only other multi-touch smart phone on the market.

In a statement, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, reportedly recovering from a liver transplant and eyeing  a return to Apple elates, "With over 50,000 applications available from Apple's revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever."

In other iPhone-related news, the smart phone is about to be tossed a bone -- a Gamebone to be more precise.  The new controller will be among the first peripherals to be available for the iPhone 3G and 3G S.  The new OS v3.0 for the iPhone allowed such magic by freeing up pins for Firewire communication.

The new controller, looking something like an old-school Super Nintendo pad, may be able to communicate in different ways with the iPhone.  It is unclear whether users connect via Bluetooth, or by plugging in to the 30-pin connection.  The retailer has said it will provide a stand for using the phone with Bluetooth mode.  While some will find the utility of such a device questionable, at least the manufacturer is being public-friendly, encouraging users to suggest a retail price for the device on their website.

Lastly, to wrap up this Apple wrap-up, the MacBook Pros have been uncrippled and now offer support for full 3.0 Gbps SATA transfer speeds.  The firmware on the recently released laptops had been set to limit the speed to 1.5 Gbps, negating some of the speed advantage of flash drives.  The new firmware, MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.7 (EFI is Apple's version of BIOS) unbreaks SATA on the Pros.  To install the update you must be running OS X version 10.5.7 (which the new Pros should be) and have 3.35MB of free disk space.

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RE: So Apple Intentionaly slowed the SATA
By Golgatha on 6/23/2009 9:04:27 AM , Rating: 2

Also worth reading -

EFI is a newer alternative to the BIOS and was supposed to replace it. We all see how well that turned out, as my brand new X58 chipset is still using a normal BIOS.

By Golgatha on 6/23/2009 9:06:52 AM , Rating: 2
Err...was trying to start a new thread, but I was commenting on this comment.

EFI is Apple's version of BIOS

EFI is an Intel thing, not an Apple thing. It started being used with the introduction of Itanium servers I believe, which is well before Apple started using it.

By McScoot on 6/23/2009 9:29:06 AM , Rating: 3
Windows didn't support EFI until I think Vista Service Pack 1, so until that point it seems there wasn't much motivation to support it (even if an EFI firmware can present a BIOS interface, why go to the trouble?).

I guess once some manufacturers begin to use EFI (e.g., if Asus introduced a much nicer EFI-based interface for configuration of their motherboards) others will follow. We are almost at the point where the 2TB limitation of standard MBR partition tables will begin to annoy some home users too (EFI systems boot from GPT disks).

RE: So Apple Intentionaly slowed the SATA
By nomagic on 6/23/2009 9:29:32 AM , Rating: 2
After reading your wiki links, I came to realize that EFI is in essence a more complex and feature-packed BIOS.

Maybe EFI will never replace the BIOS because EFI itself is a form of BIOS?

By TomZ on 6/23/2009 9:54:43 AM , Rating: 2
From a technical perspective, EFI can replace BIOS. When and if that actually ever happens, however, is a business decision.

By sprockkets on 6/23/2009 3:06:50 PM , Rating: 2

FSF philosophy aside, I don't like the idea of EFI hanging around after the OS has loaded.

Of course, we all know how bad ACPI sucsks as well.

That's what I hate about the BIOS in general. Take the orginal XBOX. The moment you hit the switch, it instantly is ready to go, showing a small splash clip that in any normal computer could only be shown while in the OS itself.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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