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A firmware update gives some clues about new Apple hardware

Apple is extremely secretive about its products.  It has gone to great lengths to prevent news from leaking, even taking the unorthodox approach of killing leaks sites. 

However, it can only keep secrets so long, as its firmware often reveals what loose lips do not.  Apple Insider noted today that the 625K update Mac OS X 10.5.7 for the MacBook Air contains firmware tweaks to the logic board that controls the power functions, thermal management, the sleep LED, and battery.

Apple confirmed that the firmware update was to work with a new series of internal MacBook Air replacement batteries.  Like the previous batteries, the new ones would not be user replaceable, and are only able to be officially replaced by Apple repair depots and other Apple authorized service repair centers.

The company has said it is increasingly using advanced chemistry and adaptive charging to prolong battery life.  The battery design from the MacBook Air has been replicated in the new MacBook Pros.  This in turn has transition the MacBook Pros from having user replaceable batteries, to having much harder to replace internal batteries.  The tradeoff gain has been a substantially improved battery life.

Apple leads the mobile PC industry in battery life, though part of that is thanks to the notebook's EFI (BIOS replacement), which is tweaked for OS X.  Apple has been rumored for some time now to be on the verge of bringing silver-zinc batteries to the market.  Silver-zinc batteries feature a greater capacity than lithium ones and are nonflammable, however, the high price of silver has kept them off the laptop market thus far.

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RE: As nice as some of Apples products are...
By Pirks on 7/1/2009 2:11:51 PM , Rating: 2
I find it frustrating to no end that users like you think carrying external batteries is always convenient.
There is no difference between carrying external batteries and internal ones. You just cook things up like any other Apple basher.

RE: As nice as some of Apples products are...
By weskurtz0081 on 7/1/2009 2:21:59 PM , Rating: 2
You might want to reread those exchanges. One the guy is bashing someone that thinks the non-replaceable Apple batteries is unacceptable.

RE: As nice as some of Apples products are...
By Pirks on 7/1/2009 7:43:21 PM , Rating: 2
He's bashing Apple without any reason. Same as bashing any other manufacturer with replaceable battery because this poor soul thinks it's totally terrible to carry internal batteries with the notebook. That's stupid, is it not?

RE: As nice as some of Apples products are...
By weskurtz0081 on 7/2/2009 9:45:35 AM , Rating: 2
You replied to the wrong post. The first guy wasn't bashing Apple, he was bashing people that don't put any weight into external batteries. Then, the second guy (the guy you replied to) responded saying something which was PRO internal batteries.

So, the guy you responded to was not bashing Apple.

RE: As nice as some of Apples products are...
By Pirks on 7/2/2009 10:49:11 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah, this "PRO internal batteries" point of view suggests that notebooks should only have internal user-replaceable batteries, and no external ones, which is obviously wrong.

RE: As nice as some of Apples products are...
By weskurtz0081 on 7/2/2009 3:18:28 PM , Rating: 2
I just think we should have the option. We should have the option to carry external batteries, and we should also have the option of swapping out an internal battery. That is the best way to handle it.

By Pirks on 7/2/2009 4:57:06 PM , Rating: 2
Why are you ignoring the option of trading user-replaceable internal battery for a longer lasting non user-replaceable internal battery?

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