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Apple this week released a series of updates for its newest MacBook Pro notebooks and iMac desktops equipped with the high-speed Thunderbolt port, addressing issues related to performance and stability.

Two updates are available for MacBook Pro owners: MacBook Pro Software Update 1.4, a 132.69MB download, and MacBook Pro EFI Update 2.1, a 3.06MB update. Both are available direct from Apple's website or via Software Update.

Update 1.4 is said to include fixes that improve graphics stability, address issues with external display support and 3D performance, and also improve Thunderbolt device support.

Meanwhile, EFI Update 2.1 includes fixes that resolve an issue with Turbo Mode in Boot Camp, and improves performance and stability for graphics and Thunderbolt. A user's power cord must be connected and plugged in to a working power source when applying this update, as it updates the EFI firmware on the MacBook Pro.

Owners of the new iMacs just released this week get Mac OS X 10.6.7 Update for iMac (early 2011) 1.0, a 382.56MB update, and iMac EFI Update 1.6, weighing in at 6.1MB. The Mac OS X update applies a number of fixes for the Snow Leopard operating system, including:
Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac
Resolves an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers
Addresses various minor Mac App Store bugs
Addresses minor FaceTime performance issues
Addresses issues with graphics stability and 3D performance
Improves external display compatibility
Improves Thunderbolt device support


Finally, the iMac EFI Update 1.6 includes fixes that improve the performance and stability for the new high-speed Thunderbolt port. The update will restart any iMacs it is installed on, at which point a gray screen will appear with a status bar to indicate the progress of the update.

Apple has already quickly released a handful of updates for its new iMac desktops. On Tuesday, when the all-in-one computers first went on sale, a Boot Camp update was also available for download.

Apple updated its iMac line on Tuesday, adding faster Sandy Bridge Intel quad-core processors, a FaceTime HD camera, and the new Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt debuted in February in Apple's refreshed MacBook Pros.
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Installed on MBP.

No difference that I can tell.

Updating EFI is always nerve racking.
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OWC / Macsales found it enables Sata III / 6GBs on the new iMacs for 2 of the interface ports!

http://blog.macsales.com/10050-firmw...-in-2011-imacs
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Still does not fix the issue where the Thunderbolt port recognizes the Dell U2410 monitor as a TV over a mDP to DP cable, unfortunately.
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that's yr fault for buying a dell, dude maybe try a mDP to HDMI instead.
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Has ANYONE tried Thunderbolt, anyway?
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wow.. new Graphics drivers for Macbook Pros... and the headline only reads about Thunderbolt, which is basically useless today since nothing uses it...?
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Originally Posted by kmac1036 View Post

that's yr fault for buying a dell, dude maybe try a mDP to HDMI instead.

i'm using mDP to HDMI for my HDTV but no luck... this update is useless for me.

my way or the highway...

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my way or the highway...

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Has ANYONE tried Thunderbolt, anyway?

Yes, from the looks of it, apparently some people in Apple Engineering.

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well at least the port - but with a mini display port to DVI converter for my 23" Cinema Display that is about 5 years old.
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External DVI monitor is still not detected. Using Apple Mini DP to DVI adapter.

Was hoping that this update would fix this?
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Since the release notes do not address this I assume there still is a problem with Airport Express dropping wireless connections? Has there been a fix for this that I have missed, or do I need to get in touch with Apple Support?
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Originally Posted by heathgm View Post

External DVI monitor is still not detected. Using Apple Mini DP to DVI adapter.

Was hoping that this update would fix this?

Not sure about the External DVI, but I am using an external Dell monitor at work and am able to connect to it through VGA. I don't think that is what you are looking for though.
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I'm disappointed in our usual Mac-bashing trolls. I would have thought that by now, there's be at least 50 posts about Apple's quality control and shipping 'unfinished' products and so on.
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I'm on a Thunderbolt MacBook Pro, via Software Update only seeing the MacBook Pro Software Update 1.4 (size 141MB), not the MacBook Pro EFI Update 2.1. Anyone else encountered this?
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Originally Posted by oriste View Post

I'm on a Thunderbolt MacBook Pro, via Software Update only seeing the MacBook Pro Software Update 1.4 (size 141MB), not the MacBook Pro EFI Update 2.1. Anyone else encountered this?

Once you've installed the 1.4 update and restarted, the EFI update will show as available.
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