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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: Why would they have done that?
By JMS3072 on 6/23/2009 10:24:08 AM , Rating: 3
Simple. Apple doesn't officially support consumers changing the hard drives, or having those hard drives changed to anything non-Apple approved. Because the only Apple-approved SSDs are those that you can get with the Macs, then, theoretically, if everyone follows the "rules", then there should be no need to have more than 1.5Gbps SATA in any notebooks that don't have SSDs pre-installed, because no regular HDDs can exceed that kind of bandwidth. That's why they included 3Gbps SATA in the SSD models. Putting only 1.5Gbps SATA in the other models serves both as a motive for people to go with the higher-model SSD MBPs, and as a deterrent from people installing their own drives.

By mattclary on 6/23/2009 11:01:52 AM , Rating: 3
So, basically, market segmentation. Want more speed, buy the higher end model.

RE: Why would they have done that?
By fsardis on 6/23/2009 3:01:25 PM , Rating: 2
You missed a small detail. Both the 13 and 15 inch models regardless of what disk was installed were capped at SATA1. Even if you selected the SSD upgrade which is a Samsung by the way, you would still get the same SATA1 cap. The Samsung SSD was capable of 200MB/s which means it was getting capped at a mere 110MB/s according to benchmarks.
Apple screwed up big time with that one but at least they fixed it fast.
One has to wonder why they would cap the 13 and 15 inch models but not the 17" model considering they both feature exactly the same controller and chipset.

RE: Why would they have done that?
By JMS3072 on 6/24/2009 7:44:50 AM , Rating: 2
Funny, from what I heard, only the non-SSD models were messed up.

Well, if that's true, then there's another simple answer: Apple screwed up. Is that so hard to believe? I love how this site is full of Apple-haters, and yet, none of you are willing to believe that a mistake was made.

RE: Why would they have done that?
By JMS3072 on 6/24/2009 7:47:22 AM , Rating: 2
Wait a sec, another idea. Both the 13" and the 15" Macs needed new drivers, whereas the 17" only got a speedbump. What if it's as simple as that; that the optimised version of Leopard that shipped with them wasn't optimised quite right?

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