Apple today released MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.7, addressing an issue related to batteries with more than 1000 charge cycles. The update applies to Mid 2010 and Early 2011 models of the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro and is a complement to earlier updates addressing the same issue for other machines.
About MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.7
This update addresses a rare issue on some Apple notebooks where a battery that has accumulated more than 1000 charge cycles may unexpectedly shut down or stop functioning.
The update is a 1 MB download and requires OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.5, or 10.8.2.
Apple has updated OS X Server, the application that runs on top of OS X Mountain Lion to expand the system’s server feature set.
The most notable change in this update appears to be a new caching server for Mac App Store updates. Presumably, the server now downloads updates for things like iPhoto and OS X itself to prevent an organization from needing to download large updates multiple times for one workgroup.
What’s New in Version 2.2
Caching Server to speed up download of software distributed by Apple through the Mac App Store.
Time Machine service monitoring of which computers have backed up, when they last backed up and size of backup.
Wiki Server support for MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Fix for deleting apps uploaded to Profile Manager.
Ability to use Active Directory groups within Profile Manager.
Centralized Certificate management interface.
OS X Server is available for $19.99 on the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]
Back in March, the State of Texas announced that Apple would be pursuing a major expansion of its facilities in Austin, investing over $300 million to add 3,600 workers to its existing campus dedicated to customer support, sales, and accounting for the Americas. With various government approvals coming over the following months, Apple was then able to purchase the land in July, paving the way for the expansion project to begin.
The Austin American-Statesman now reports that there is indeed major work underway at the site.
There is major earthwork happening on the 38.8-acre site and the concrete shell of what appears to be a three-story office building is taking shape.
There are two cranes on the site, but there are no signs up yet that either describe the project, name the contractor or the eventual occupant.
The report notes that Apple’s ultimate plans, which will take up to a decade to build out, consist of seven buildings totaling slightly over one million square feet and three parking garages housing 5,500 spaces.
Entrance sign at Apple’s existing Austin campus (Source: Your News Now Austin)
Apple is in the midst of a major expansion of its facilities, from data centers in North Carolina, Oregon, and Nevada to its massive Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino that will house as many as 14,000 employees when it opens in 2016. In the meantime, Apple has been snapping up leased space throughout Silicon Valley and has just broken ground on a small campus in Santa Clara, California that will house roughly 1,200 employees.