Apple has been quietly refining MacBook Pro since release

Apple has quietly updating MacBook Pro units to address issues such as AirPort not automatically rejoining a preferred network, Airport range randomly dropping, LCD backlight flickers at lowest brightness setting, and heat issues.

“According to Apple, it has begun replacing the mainboard inside its MacBook Pros with a new revision. It calls the udpated product “revision D”, which is identifiable by product serial number: Serial numbers starting with W8611: revision D, Serial numbers starting with W8610: revision C,” Tuan Nguyen reports for DailyTech. “Apple said that revision D MacBook Pros have many issues addressed and improvements made, including fixes to the above mentioned issues. We were also able to get a hold of a MacBook Pro that just arrived during the week with a serial number starting with W8612, which did not exhibit any of the above issues.”

Nguyen reports, “Many users are also reporting that their MacBook Pros become extremely hot to handle, especially in the area above the F keys and underneath the notebook itself. In fact, my MacBook Pro gets so hot that placing it in your hands is almost unbearable, and leaving it on a bare lap is next to impossible. According to Apple, the MacBook Pro should never become hot to the point of being uncomfortable. The representative I spoke to said ‘that should not happen. If it is, bring back your MacBook Pro and we’ll give you an updated version.'”

Full article here.

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32 Comments

  1. Hey “andy” — if that’s your “real” name — you’re a moron.

    The joke was about the product, you dipshit.

    Oh, and “envy” has only one “e”, assclown.

    And “Andy” is a proper name, so it should be capitalized. Well . . .

    . . . maybe not in your case.

  2. I called Apple about my MacBook Pro’s buzzing noise (related to the screen brightness), and a battery issue (aluminum face is starting to peel away from the batter case). I also mentioned that my MacBook Pro gets so hot it’s uncomfortable to touch the bottom (near the back) for more than a couple of seconds.

    They told me to take it to an authorized service centre and get it repaired. They would not issue a replacement. So if they were doing it, it appears they no longer are, or are being selective.

    Apple Store is has ordered a replacement rev D motherboard and power inverter to fix the buzzing sound, as well as a new battery. I’ll be happy, as long as it gets fixed, although a replacement unit would have been sweet…

    P.S. I am not affiliated with the other “andy”.

  3. “Reason #6,387 why Macs are not found in large corporations. Ad-hoc assembly line changes for business PCs during the production cycle is a no-no.”

    You stupid tool. Maybe that’s why every HP/Compaq model we have has 4-6 motherboard part numbers for the DIFFERENT boards?

    You effin’ PC wanker.

  4. I thought these Intel chips were supposed to be so cool that´s why Apple switched from IBM chips????

    They give better performance per watt, but much more performance. Therefore, more watts, which equals more heat.

  5. what i don’t understand is that if apple is fixing things with the revision D, what about those with revision C? i’m sure apple isn’t going to replace every revision c with a d. just curious.

  6. They give better performance per watt, but much more performance.

    What does “performance per watt” mean, exactly? How do they quantify “performance” in this mythical ratio? Floating point performance? Integer performance? OpenGL performance? What the fuck does “performance per watt” even measure?

    Don’t you tools realize “performance per watt” is a marketing slogan, not a scientific measurement of anything?

  7. What the big deal with making minor improvements to a product, especially when issues have appeared in the field?

    Are you seriously telling that when Dell find a part is not working to spec that they release a new version?

    All products evolve – especially in fast paced industries like the computer industry.

  8. If you want proof that there were tons of defective MacBook Pros, just check out Apple’s Refurb section of their online store. I’ve seen 1.83, 2.0 and even 2.16Ghz MacBook Pros on sale as refurbs lately.

    That’s the upside of these bugs – you can get a 2.16Ghz MacBook Pro for $2399 instead of $2799 if you keep an eye on the refurb section!

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