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Applequickly silenced its singing hard drives.  (Source: Apple)
Apple appears to be working hard to fix its hardware issues

Last week DailyTech reported that the 500 GB hard drives on some of the new MacBook Pros were beeping randomly and performing poorly.  Apple said it was aware of these issues and that it considered fixing them one of its top priorities.  It apparently didn't take them long to deliver on that assurance.

Apple has just released Hard Drive Firmware Update 2.0 to its Mac users.  The firmware update "reduces certain infrequent noises  made by 7200-rpm drives."  The new firmware ID is 0007APM2, for those curious.

Apple claims that the issues are confined to the new MacBook Pros it began shipping in June (13" and 15") -- but it can't hurt for those who purchased the 17" MacBook Pro in January to update as well.

Another fix also came down the pipe for Mac users.  All unibody Macs and Macs shipped in 2009 likely use the Broadcom chipset for Bluetooth wireless.  The chipset had performed poorly, according to some, leading to difficulties using Apple's wireless mice and keyboards.  With Bluetooth Firmware Update 2.0.1, various bugs are fixed and the wireless performance is increased.

While its always disappointing to see hardware issues escape pre-launch quality testing, it's good to see that Apple is at least trying hard to solve some of the hardware issues on its Macs.  Now if Apple can figure out a way to fix the display problems that some users have experienced.

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By Morgjorg on 8/20/2009 9:39:26 AM , Rating: 5
What's funny is that when Microsoft releases a fix, they're terrible people for allowing the problem to occur in the first place.

When Apple releases a fix, it means they are great at supporting their product.

RE: Hypocrisy
By psychobriggsy on 8/20/2009 10:09:37 AM , Rating: 3
I think most people are aware that software is hard to get flawless, and that small problems like these will occur. What people don't forgive is when something is broken by design (or lack of design), or ties you in to its other products. You can work out if I'm talking about Microsoft, Apple, Linux or Ikea here.

RE: Hypocrisy
By Alexstarfire on 8/21/2009 3:56:20 AM , Rating: 2
Yea, this isn't software, this is hardware. HDDs are quite old technology and were pretty much perfected long ago. Granted certain things have changed. Haven't heard of any serious problems since the whole IBM "Deathstar" issue.

RE: Hypocrisy
By Visual on 8/20/2009 12:01:56 PM , Rating: 1
What's funny is that when there is an article about Apple, never mentioning Microsoft anywhere at all, there's still always someone that posts a comment like yours.

RE: Hypocrisy
By ertomas on 8/20/2009 1:10:25 PM , Rating: 2
That may be because whenever there's an article about problem on a MS product there will be someone (not saying it's you) writing about how it does not happen on Apple o Linux...

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